He who lays up a treasure for himself.

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Year C  -  18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

He who lays up a treasure for himself.

He who lays up a treasure for himself. Catholic Gospels - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit Luke 12:13-21

13 And one of the multitude said to him: Master, speak to my brother that he divide the inheritance with me.
14 But he said to him: Man, who has appointed me judge, or divider, over you?
15 And he said to them: Take heed and beware of all covetousness; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of things which he possesses.
16 And he spoke a similitude to them, saying: The land of a certain rich man brought forth plenty of fruits.
17 And he thought within himself, saying: What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said: This I will do: I will pull down my barns, and will build greater; and into them will I gather all things that are grown to me, and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul: Soul, you have many riches laid up for many years, take your rest; eat, drink, be happy.
20 But God said to him: You fool, tonight do they will require your soul of you: and whose shall those things be which you have owned?
21 So is for him who lays up a treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.

Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - He who lays up a treasure for himself. I have created the material world to be the temporary house of man. It is full of riches and natural resources that provide everything man needs to survive until the time is set for his departure into eternal life.

When you die, what can you take with you? Let me tell you, unless you start accumulating riches in Heaven through your good works, you will have nothing to take with you and I will not receive you empty handed.

The world is rich, but these riches have been accumulated by a few at the cost of others who cannot even obtain what is necessary to live. I call this injustice: and for this reason the cry of the poor is heard above the heavens claiming justice. And believe me, the time will come soon when everyone will have to answer for the sins of avarice, injustice, covetousness and all the other evils that offend God and men.

I have given everything for free, but I retain ownership of the world. Everything belongs to me and I want everyone to have a chance to live with dignity sharing what I have offered you. Injustice makes me angry.

But even Cain the first man after Adam, allowed jealousy and hatred to grow in his heart, he could not control the evil within him, so he killed his good brother Abel. I asked him the same question that I will ask you: “Where is your brother?” And you will have to answer for every evil that you did to your neighbor. In contrast, you will be rewarded eternally for every act of kindness and generosity. Whatever you do to the least of these brothers of yours and mine, you are doing to me.

Time and time again the stronger man has laid his yoke upon his weaker brother. What we have now is a world full of injustice, hatred, jealousy, corruption, avarice and the desire to kill.

You don’t necessarily kill someone physically but you kill with your hatred and injustice. Many lives are destroyed by the injustice of the commercial world of today, where money is more important than man. The big fish always eats the smaller fish, the strong man overpowers the weak, the intelligent takes advantage of the less intelligent, the evil man does evil to the good man and injustice flourishes in the land because there is no fear of God.

Repent of your sins. Forgive one another because this is the condition for you to be forgiven. Fight your avarice and covetousness with generosity. Extend your riches to the poor, be nice to everyone, and help those in need.

Do not turn away your mind from the needy, they are your brothers, you will find me in them.

Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

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