Someone in the crowd spoke to Jesus, «Master, tell my brother to share with me the family inheritance». He replied, «My friend, who has appointed me as your judge or your attorney?». Then Jesus said to the people, «Be on your guard and avoid every kind of greed, for even though you have many possessions, it is not that which gives you life».
And Jesus continued with this story, «There was a rich man and his land had produced a good harvest. He thought: ‘What shall I do? For I am short of room to store my harvest. So this is what he planned: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones to store all this grain, which is my wealth. Then I may say to myself: My friend, you have a lot of good things put by for many years. Rest, eat, drink and enjoy yourself’. But God said to him: ‘You fool! This very night your life will be taken from you; tell me who shall get all you have put aside?’. This is the lot of the one who stores up riches instead of amassing for God».
Jesus is inviting us to discern. This discernment is possible, only if we have the truth of life. This truth is possible, only we learn to look at life in its totality and not to be fixed to one single aspect of life. If we fix our life with one narrow orientation, though spiritual or holy it may be, however it will get collapsed.
This rich man fixed his life to his security, without realising the riches that the Lord has accorded to him, had its own finality. If he could have realised this truth, the source of his existence, the finality of his life, in its totality, he would have realised the truth and this truth would have saved him.
Sometime we too behave in a stupid way, trying to perfect ourselves to be holy and good, by fixing our orientations, sometime only in God, without associating ourselves to His will. If we really life in God, we will certainly associate ourselves to the divine accomplishment. God desires good for all and He desires to accomplish this through us.
The more we are connected to Him, easier will be for us to establish a healthy and good relationship with our brothers and sisters, even with our enemies. It’s the real richness that God desires for us. God created us to live together, with all. This communion is the first sign of the Kingdom of God.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
Surrounded by wealth, blind to charity,
by Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD)
"'What does the rich man do, surrounded by a great supply of many blessings beyond all numbering? In distress and anxiety, he speaks the words of poverty. He says, 'What should I do?' ... He does not look to the future. He does not raise his eyes to God. He does not count it worth his while to gain for the mind those treasures that are above in heaven. He does not cherish love for the poor or desire the esteem it gains. He does not sympathize with suffering. It gives him no pain nor awakens his pity. Still more irrational, he settles for himself the length of his life, as if he would also reap this from the ground. He says, 'I will say to myself, "Self, you have goods laid up for many years. Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself." 'O rich man,' one may say, "You have storehouses for your fruits, but where will you receive your many years? By the decree of God, your life is shortened." 'God,' it tells us, 'said to him, "You fool, this night they will require of you your soul. Whose will these things be that you have prepared?" (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON LUKE, HOMILY 89)