The message of Sunday’s readings is direct if not terse: It is imperative that we commit this life to proclaiming the Good News and conducting good works.
Imagine you and Jesus are sharing a meal. Which of the passages above would you want (or not want) to talk about? How would this impact how you pray and live each day?
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“(Y)our gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;"
This speaks to me of hoarding and stockpiling, simply to have more than everybody else, versus sharing what we already have, for the sake of the common good; for the well-being, health, and betterment of all, especially those who are most in need.
What happens when all that has been hoarded goes to ruin, or waste - such as when stocks or the stock market crash - and money that supposedly had been there, is 'gone.' What 'good' did the accumulation of supposed wealth do, if it wasn't being used to educate, heal, house, employ, transport, affirm, and empower others with dignity and giftedness?
I would like to be talking with Jesus - and others around the table - about this. I would listen attentively to stories and examples Jesus and others might share, as well as any questions being asked, always wanting to hone in on the insight and wisdom being shared.
After listening, one of the questions I would ask Jesus is, "Can you help us form [become] just such a caring, non-hoarding community?" -- Linda