For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's scripture reading below is a fresh and sobering reminder of my possessions and what they mean to me. Caring for and appreciating the material things I have is one thing but stockpiling, hoarding and misplacing the things I have is a whole other story. The reading below also called my attention to what it looks like when I become covetess or when I begrudge what You gave me. Everything given is for a reason that You intend and purposed. I can see how allowing my possessions to possess me robs me of my soul and rips my attention away from You. You are what is truly important to me and I need to put up or shut up. I need to show my Love, affection and attention to You more than I do to a physical object. I admit, there have been times when I have given a physical object my most precious attention and affection more than You, yet I claim that You are my most precious treasure.
In the reading below, 'the rich fool' prepared for his retirement to eat, drink and be merry but completely lost sight of You. That night his soul was required of him and he passed away and everything he saved, prepared and built for himself did no Good because in the end, he lost his soul and did not have You. The rich fool was blessed with so much but he became covetess, egotistical and selfish. He even had to build storage units to house his over-abundance. He could have done so much Good having had so much, but he saved it all for himself, which ended up doing him no Good. In the end, when it was all said and done, the man literally had nothing. This brings to mind the amount of storage units seen all over town to help more and more people store what they are not using, what they are coveting, what they possess or what they cannot seem to release. This is such an eye opener for me. Jesus did not shake His finger at the man for working hard and being industriousness, He faulted the man for being selfish, possessive and egotistical. Thank You for the reminder of the difference between being a Good steward over what I have and when my possessions start possessing me.
Through Jesus Christ's Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face. ~Amen
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
13 One of the multitude said to Him, "Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me."
14 But He said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?"
15 And He said to them, "Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
16 And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully;
17 and he thought to himself, `What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?'
18 And he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.'
20 But God said to him, `Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'
21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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