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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
Homilies/Reflections

We are God's work of art
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

Eph. 2:1-10, Lk. 12:13-21. In today's first reading, Paul emphasises on the fact that salvation is totally the gift of God to us. In as much as our life is a gift of God, we cannot claim credit for His mercy. The man in today's Gospel forgets the fact that we are truly God's work of art fashioned to live a new life of goodness, the expression of His gift in us but he claimed credit for his possessions. The rich man in the parable is considered to be the poorest in the real sense because he could not look beyond earthly life. He decided to pull down the barns and build bigger ones but was only building what was 'required' for comfort on earth.

We need wealth, no doubt but amassing wealth by hook and crook will only ruin us. Many of us who have abundant wealth end up being enslaved by it. The parable of the rich fool invites us to break down the narrow barns of selfishness, hoarding and insensitivity to build bigger barns of love and sensitivity to the needs of others. Jesus makes it clear to us today that He has not come to settle the sort of legal disputes that used to be brought before the religious teachers of His time. Rather to tackle the greed ingrained in our hearts that leads to dispute.

May the Lord be the beginning and end of all we do and say and prompt our actions with His grace to avoid greed in our hearts! Amen!! Good morning and have a productive week!!!

 
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