We have a recording and transcript for each homily. Missing Life! The Parable of the Rich Fool. In his beautiful homily for 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C , Father Hanly shows us how being preoccupied with money is to miss life. When I started at language school here to learn a second Chinese dialect, I was fairly on in age, in my mid-forties. I say this because sometimes we think that Jesus is sort of the enemy of rich. Not at all. Jesus is not interested in money. This is not his interest.
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Ecclesiastes is a book in the Bible that forms part of the wisdom tradition and is named after the assembly, the church ecclesia, to whom the preacher Qoheleth is speaking. A previous wisdom book, the Book of Proverbs, made an argument that hard work and careful planning leads to prosperity, but laziness leads to poverty. In Ecclesiastes we see a critique of this position through a reflection on the experience of the gathered assembly. An experience that we can see today is still with us: that the virtuous are not always rewarded; that the corrupt at times prosper at the expense of the good; that the rich become richer and the poor become poorer. This happens — so what is a wise person to make of this? Indeed, in death, the righteous and the sinner both perish. Nothing is left of their lives — any profit, i. What then is important? In the wisdom of Ecclesiastes, only a relationship with God. Everything else is fleeting and uncertain, and therefore, unworthy to be given our whole attention.
Posted on July 30, by frbonnie. Once upon a time, a kingdom was terrorized by a ferocious lion that kept killing people randomly. During the search, some of the men were killed by the lion, others sustained various degrees of injury while many ran away, However, one young man was skillful enough to monitor the lion for some days and discovered his tracks and his resting place. One day he went by himself and while the lion was resting he killed him.
Seek the Things that are in Heaven. The story that I used in my sermon last week, I was told, was very appropriate. So, again I begin with a story from Tony de Mello:. I found it in the forest yesterday. The man gazed at the stone in wonder. All night he tossed about in bed. The first reading paints a negative picture of human life on earth. And in the gospel reading today, Jesus invites us to make ourselves rich in the sight of God! Apparently, the first reading and the gospel text discourage us from working hard and planning our future.