First Reading: Rm 4:20-25; Psalm: Lk 1. R. v. 68; Gospel: Lk 12:13-21
BEWARE OF SELFISHNESS
BY FR VALENTINE NNAMDI EGBUONU, MSP
Death has a way of reminding us of how frightened and feeble we can be. It has a way of making us realise the worthlessness of earthly possessions. We may not be conscious of how unprepared we are until death reminds us. The beauty of death is that when it takes a soul; it reminds us that it will visit again and warns us that we might be the next victim. The pain of death is that when it takes us; we become incapacitated to undo whatever mistakes we may have committed. Death becomes sweet when we are prepared but painful when we are not.
The life lived here without the thought of the life beyond is foolishness. And a life lived for the self and not for others is not worthwhile. The rich young man in the parable of today’s gospel was called foolish by God because he was a man that lived and thought of himself only. From this parable, Jesus draws our attention to the need to be grateful to God and to be generous with our possessions. And also to be wary of the temptation of being carried away by earthly wealth. “Take heed, and beware of all covetousness.” (Lk 12:15).
We are reminded today to look out for others; to understand that our life becomes more meaningful and safe when we consider the good of one another. We are sojourners on earth. If we are conscious of this; we will work towards our eternal home where we shall be reunited with our God and maker. We should therefore beware of the attitudes that can hinder us from achieving this. These are: selfishness, hate, ingratitude and greed. A lot of us are guilty of these. We can begin now to pay more attention to them and live appropriately before God demands for our soul. And we shall happily live and have nothing to fear.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord Jesus, help us to be thankful, generous and kind. Amen.