I can't help but think of this passage every time I pass a self-storage business. Yes, that means I think of this passage a lot. Like weeds of greed along the highways and byways they dot the landscape in every city. For folks on a pilgrimage, we sure gather a lot of junk. Yet, hardly ever do we consider parting with our junk.
Take my dad for instance. He has a hereditary disease that keeps him from
parting with anything. He has magazines, newspapers, and tools all in various
stages of disintegration stored in barns and out buildings "just in
case". I finally convinced him to try and sell some old cameras on Ebay so
he could start saving for the tractor he wants. I told him and mom that they
should sell all of the "junk" and enjoy the proceeds or use them for
some good because that's what I'm going to do with it. That is, as long as my
brothers share the inheritance.
After reading today's Gospel I couldn't help but think of the many families
that have been torn apart because of fighting over inheritance. I have read
stories of brothers and sisters in vicious law suits attacking and counter
attacking each other over land, furniture, and jewelry. This is probably what
was happening with the person who approached Jesus.
It is interesting that Jesus never says that one cannot be rich. He never says,
that by default, being rich automatically condemns one to perdition. However,
His warnings are always against the love of money or love of things. I can't
take any of it with me. How I live here so it goes in eternity. How I live here
is what I leave behind. I want to leave behind a family that loves me because
of my love for Christ. I want to leave behind holy men and women (children)
destined to become saints because I was obedient to God in much. I don't want
to leave behind barns filled with junk that no matter who receives them will
ultimately end in rust, dust, and ashes. I want to be rich in what matters to
FROM THE SAINTS - "Detach yourself from the goods of this world.
Love and practice poverty of spirit: be content with what is sufficient for
leading a simple and temperate life. Otherwise, you'll never be an
apostle." "True poverty is not to lack things but to be detached, to
give up voluntarily one's dominion over them. That's why some poor people are
really rich...and vice versa." - Saint Josemaria Escriva
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