Many hours in a week and yet I suspect that the majority of us only give one hour to God on Sunday. We spend our energies on educating ourselves, getting by in life, living paycheck by paycheck. While that is all good, there may be times where we might loose sight of what is important. I suspect that this is the mark of the First Reading from Ecclesiasties (1:2; 2:21-23) today.
The author of this book takes his name as the son of David, a man who seeks wisdom. He is looking for solutions in all the wrong places on earth and is seeking a God who will endow him with wisdom in order to live a happy life. And in the Gospel (Luke 12:13-21), the parable teaches us to live worthily and at the same time, not to be attached to anything in this life. So here’s the question, “How do we find and store up riches that matter to God?”
Today, make the decision to live for others. There you will find the true treasure of life as you learn to serve others in the name of Christ. If someone is in need, make the sacrifice to provide for them. Make the sacrifice to love them. After all, sacrifice means to make holy by giving it away in love. As you serve others, you call them to holiness because you have served them in love. Here is true wealth and a life not lived in vain.
The one who has taught us sacrifice without reserve is Jesus Christ whose arms were stretched out on the cross, a very appropriate sign of God who embraces all creation in the moment of perfect sacrifice.