18th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 4, 2019

Aug 2, 2019

My Dear Parish Family,

In this life, what do we need? Food, clothing, and shelter readily come to mind. But how much of these necessities of life do we really need? It is easy to confuse wants with needs, greed and security. This Sunday’s Gospel challenges us to evaluate possessions, pursuits, priorities.

This parable reminds us how fleeting are the things of this world and how easy it is to have a false sense of security in ourselves and our possessions. In both this world and the next, our ultimate security can be found only in God.

What do we need to clean out our “barn” to make more room for God? Perhaps we need to stop asking Jesus to correct the behavior of someone else (“tell my brother”) and start letting him transform our values and behavior. Perhaps we need to take inventory of our possessions, attitudes, relationships in order to make more room for “what matters to God.” The more room in our “barn” for the things of God, the more secure we become in God alone, the more surely we secure our eternal inheritance - eternal life.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter