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“The riches of love, joy and brotherhood can be offered to our neighbour, to God. This is the true meaning of life.”
Readings: Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time.
On this 18th Sunday of year C, the liturgical texts propose to reflect on material goods.
Indeed, we need it to ensure our daily lives. But the real problem is elsewhere: we go hard to accumulate wealth, we impose fatigue that ruin health, the union of homes, the upbringing of children. (Under the pretext that we want to give the family a decent life).
Yes material comfort is good, but if our life is not filled with love, it lacks the essentials.
In the Gospel, we see a man coming to ask Jesus to become the referee of inheritance. But Jesus refuses to be a judge in this case. He takes the opportunity to say that there are riches that we will not take to heaven.
To be better understood, he recounts a parable in which he speaks of a rich man “whose estate had yielded a lot”; his great concern is that he does not have enough room to store the whole crop.
In fact, what Jesus denounces in this story is not wealth but attachment to wealth. So one might think that it would be difficult for a rich man who is attached to his possessions to enter the kingdom of heaven. As such, Pope Francis, speaking of wealth, said that this immoderate attachment to wealth is an idolatry; we are in front of two gods: “The living God... And the golden God in which I put my security.”
We must therefore not forget, however, that the earth and its riches were created by God. They continue to belong to him. He entrusted them to us so that we could make them fruitful for the benefit of all his children.
We therefore have the right to use it, but not to abuse it. Through the mouth of Jesus, God treats all those who let themselves be locked in. They lock themselves in front of the Golden Calf; they forget to love God and their neighbor. In this period of summer and spending, it is worth thinking about the true meaning of life.
This is important because we know that small or large wealth may prevent us from taking the gospel seriously.
For Jesus, the only happiness that lasts is the encounter with God, that is to be “rich in sight of God”. We are all rich in God's riches, joy, love, forgiveness. We can even offer these riches to others. We all know men of women and children who have given their best to help others have a better life.
We are therefore all invited to build the world of men not on the fortune of a few, but on the righteousness inspired by love. So more than ever let us accept this call to conversion: “Today, let us not close our hearts, but let us listen to the Lord's voice.”
Saturday: Gospel, Homily (Peter Dibi)
Orgue:At the Great Organ, Guy Didier
The “Concert Piece” by A. Guilmant
- Entrance: Prelude
- Offertory: 2nd variation “Andante Sostenuto”
- Communion: 4th variation “Adagio”
- Output: Final
The other homilies of Father Pierre Dibi
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