Luke 12:13-21 Reflection – Others to Come First

Reflection on Luke 12:13-21 ~

Jesus’s desire for us is that we seek holy and spiritual possessions. Despite unrelenting worldly influence, we can be close to divinity by beginning now to collect spiritual treasures. This goal is not easy, as we must also allow purgation to begin long before our physical death by dying to “self” in the process. Our personal evidence is knowing that others come first in our thoughts, prayer, compassion, mercy, encouragement, generosity, joy and love.

The Man Who Hoards James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumThe Man Who Hoards, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

Luke 12  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16 Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17 And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 12:13-21.