This Week’s Vincentian Reflection

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
August 11, 2013

Gospel: (Luke 12:32-48)

Jesus said to his disciples:“ Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be”
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Reflection:

Our “treasure” is something very valuable or our most prized possession. This gospel refers to “treasure” as inexhaustible, secure and incorruptible. This description is of the “treasure” understood as the kingdom God. Interestingly, the way to possess this treasure is not by possessing, but by giving away. We become rich, by not having and then refocusing our hearts on God’s kingdom. If we are preoccupied by possessions, schedules, work, sports, etc., our heart is already filled with exhaustible, insecure, and corruptible matters. The challenge of this gospel is to redirect our hearts to what is our true treasure, Jesus, and then be faithful disciples. The gift is great. Our treasure is Jesus.
(Living Liturgy, p.188)

Vincentian Meditation:

“What we as Christians have to watch could be expressed in one word, and that word is more. We always seem to want more money, more pleasure, more power, and it is desiring more that can draw us away from Christ and make us unhappy people. So if we have sufficient food for ourselves, our families, and reasonable comfort in our homes, let us be content. Let us spare a thought and some money for those who, unlike us, are suffering from extreme poverty. Thus we will be able to redirect our hearts to what is our true treasure, Jesus, and then we will be faithful disciples.” (McCullen, Deep Down Things, p. 195)

Discussion: (Share your thoughts after a moment of silence)

How does this Gospel challenge us?

Closing Prayer:

Lord Jesus, may you always be our treasure,
-fill us with your peace!
Lord Jesus, may you always be our treasure,
-fill us with your strength!
Lord Jesus, may you always be our treasure,
-fill us with your love!
Lord Jesus, may you always be our treasure,
-fill us with your joy! Amen

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