October 17, 2022 – Monday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
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This is who we are – UNDERSERVING yet we are graced and loved by God who would do everything to liberate and empower us from whatever that is preventing us to live life to the full. This is how Paul captured such image of ours before God in his letter to the Ephesians, “you were dead in your transgressions and sins… but God who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us… brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”
Let us become more conscious of this and claim such grace from the Lord. This act is indeed God’s initiative, out of that great love we are shown mercy and brought to life. We realize how each of us matters in God even though we are not deserving in anyway. Paul further tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast.”
This is how we also understand the parable of Jesus in today’s Gospel from Luke. Jesus did not condemn people who are rich materially. The warning of Jesus is directed towards a heart that has become dependent on possessions to the point that greed consumes the person. Total dependence on material possessions or whatever possessions we may have or “things that possessed us,” lead our hearts to greed. Greed keeps us away from others and from God because it worships not the Lord but something and someone else. Greed corrupts the hearts and destroys our relationships.
This makes any person to be distanced from the grace of God, away from the company of true friendship and love from the community because the person grows to be vicious and self-centered. This is what the Lord wants anyone to be free from. When we become dependent and totally occupied by something else rather than by our relationship with God and with one another, then, we become prisoners of our own human desires and selfish tendencies. This is the transgressions and sins that Paul tells us.
Jesus invites us to invest and be rich in what matters to God. This means that as God has shown us mercy because of his great love for us, we are offered and given life with Christ. This is the fullness of life.
Thus, what matters to God is for us to replicate what we have received, that is, to show mercy to our brothers and sisters, to express concretely our love for each other and to God and to become life-giving persons. The fullness of life is not being experienced alone but can only be experienced within the context of our community. Hence, it is by being able to give life, inspire life and heal life in our families, group of friends, workplaces, organizations and communities that we shall also truly experience the fullness of life with Christ. Kabay pa.