Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Rich in the sight of God”

This week we are invited to consider the importance we place on wealth. All the advertisers on TV tell us that happiness lies in how much we have and what we it spend on. Jesus on the other hand focuses on eternal life and what makes for eternal happiness.

We tend to be very busy, spending a lot of time and energy on all sorts of the things. This week perhaps it is worth spending a bit of time considering what is actually really important in our lives. Jesus story in the Gospel puts death as the context for looking at what really matters. If we were able to look back on our life and see if all the time and energy we have spent might have been wasted on unimportant things, while neglecting the important.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant/child is listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

‘Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind. For a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more that he needs.’ (Luke 12:15)

  • What do you believe makes you secure?
  • Do you have more than you need?
  • Are you aware of any avarice in your life?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about being on guard?

 

Monday.

‘I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink and have a good time.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul.’ (Luke 12:19-20)

  • What would be undone if you died tonight?
  • What regrets would you have if you died tonight?
  • What place do material possessions play in the previous two answers?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about your priorities.

 

Tuesday. 

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)

  • How much do you worry about your finances?
  • How much do you worry about doing the right thing?
  • How much time do you spend on considering God’s love in your life?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about true life.

 

Wednesday.

This is why you must kill everything in you that belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty passion, evil desires and especially greed, which is the same as worshipping a false god; and never tell each other lies. (Colossians 3:5)

  • Is there anything on the list that hits close to home?
  • Is there anything you have overcome with God’s grace?
  • Would there be anything else you might add to the list?
  • Listen to the Lord who invites you to new life.

 

Thursday.

Make us know the shortness of our life that we may gain wisdom of heart. Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever? Show pity to your servants. (Psalm 89:12-13)

  • Do you ever feel that God is angry with you?
  • What needs to change in your life?
  • What in your life needs the pity of God?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his plan for you.

 

Friday

In the morning, you fill us with your love; we shall exult and rejoice all our days. Let the favour of the Lord be upon us: give success to the work of our hands. (Psalm 89:14.17)

  • When have you been filled with God’s love?
  • What favour of the Lord do you need?
  • What are you doing that you pray for success?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about his favour.

 

Saturday

Vanity of vanities, the Preacher says. Vanity of vanities. All is vanity! For so it is that a man who has laboured wisely, skilfully and successfully must leave what is his own to someone who has not toiled for it at all.  (Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21)

  • Have you ever felt everything was pointless?
  • What do you wish to leave to your children?
  • What do you labour over wisely and skilfully?
  • Let the Lord speak to your heart about the meaning of your life.
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