Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tough readings about greed, possessions and money: 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.


This week we had 17 students and 4 adults: priest, faith formation, teacher and nurse—awesome!
This was my favorite moment
·      Before the Basilica, we passed a person that was hungry with a cardboard question to eat
·      Several of our high school students passed me two small bags of snacks and I gave it to him
·      He quickly opened to eat
·      While this was a simple gift, it was a huge opportunity
This weekend I would like to share our readings about greed
·      Colossians: “Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry.”
·      Luke: “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
·      St. Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is the root of all evils…”
·      Bring that verse to prayer
·      1.)  I love following Matthew Kelly—the many books and CDs we have given out for us to learn our Catholic faith, becoming “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic”, “Rediscover Jesus” and “Beautiful Mercy”
o   I remember a CD when he said:
§  He has traveled around the world and has listened to stories of each sins: lust, pride, gossiping, etc.  He said that he never listened to the sin of greed.
§  That hit me in the face
·      2.)  Know that this is not “poor” or “rich”.  This is the level we must give away.
o   I have met poor people that are greedy
o   I have met rich people that are generous
o   It is not number of dollars or possessions
o   It is giving what we have away
As brothers and sisters that live in the richest country in the world
·      Walk step by step to discern the money you do have…your possessions…your budget
These students shared an awesome way to give away…what can you give away can cut out greediness!

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