Weekend Reflections for 7/29/16
Identity and Security
"Then Jesus said to the crowd, 'Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions.'" Lk 12:15
In Sunday's Gospel Jesus raises the fundamental question about who do we believe and experience ourselves to be and what is truly important to us. He tells the brief story of the rich man who just got richer and needs bigger barns to store and protect his wealth, his stuff. That's who he has become in his own mind and heart: "I'm the guy who owns those huge barns down the road and they're full of good stuff." That might even be how he would introduce himself at a party. It's not the value of the stuff that's really important; it's our attitude towards it. Whether you pay $5 for it at Walmart or $500 at Saks, it's still just stuff.
Jesus teaches us that we come to know who we truly are not by what we possess and control but by our relationships with others. I am the child of my parents, the brother or sister of my siblings, a classmate, a friend, a spouse, a mother or father. Through my love and commitment to others, through the hard and risky work of learning to share and communicate, I come to know who I am. Jesus reveals that Abba Father is constantly telling me that I am His beloved, no matter my sins, my selfish choices. He and His love for us is the source of our security in this life and the next. Others will know that we are Christians, companions of the Lord Jesus, not by what we drive or wear, but by our love and generosity that others may have what they need for life itself.
Fr. Ralph Huse, S.J.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY
FEAST DAY OF ST. IGNATIUS
JOIN US MONDAY AUGUST 1st as we celebrate the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius. This feast day mass will take place at 7:30am in the chapel at S.L.U.H. (4970 Oakland Avenue). We will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Manresan Society that morning. Coffee and donuts will be served following mass. All are welcome.
UPCOMING RETREATS WITH SPACE:
Women: 8/4, 9/12, 10/3, 11/14
Men: 8/18, 8/25, 9/15
Co-Ed Recovery: 8/11
First Responders: 11/1