Commentary on the Gospel of
Read: Qoheleth (possibly King Solomon), in all his wisdom, is disillusioned with the reality of life and its seeming injustice. Everything in life is futile, he says. Paul warns us that earthly things can harm our soul, and therefore we must seek things that are above, putting on our new self in Christ. Through the parable of the rich fool, Jesus teaches us about the brevity of life and the need to store up treasure in heaven.
Reflect: Perspective in life. That is what makes life bearable, liveable, and enjoyable. If our perspective is narrow and this-worldly, sooner or later we become frustrated, disappointed, and depressed, for earthly life has its own shortcomings. However, if we have a broader, higher, and deeper perspective that can see beyond the external and the earthly into the heavenly realities, there is no reason for us to panic. For a believing Christian, there is no ultimate tragedy.
Pray: Lord God, we pray for all people who are wounded by many struggles in life and lose hope. We pray for all who indulge exclusively in life’s pleasures not realizing the shortness of earthly life and their eternal destiny. Grant us a wider perspective so that we can see beyond our present pains or gains into your promises that assure us of lasting peace, joy, and life, so that Christ is all and in all.
Listen: Listen to Jesus explaining the parable in your life’s context.
Act: Share some of your resources with someone less fortunate than you.
Adapted from: Claretian Bible Diary
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