Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week the readings come from Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23; Psalm 90; Paul’s letter to the Colossians 3:1-5,9-11; and Luke’s Gospel 12:13-21.

We begin with a great quote “Vanities of vanities…everything is vanity” Pope Francis touched upon this in the past saying that we need to not be like soap bubbles showing off how much of a Christian we are, or what priest/bishops we know but we need something in our lives to exist as an individual. If everything is pretension we need some humility in our lives. In Paul’s letter we hear how we must die unto ourselves, pushing aside all earthy things, on our journey to Christ. This is a difficult thing for us to do, just look at the rich man in the parable who tore down his barn and built a bigger one for all his grain only to die that night. It isn’t what we have on earth that makes us special it’s what we await in our afterlife. For we do not know the day or the hour when we will shuffle off this mortal coil. Far to many of us are concerned with things here on earth having the high paying job, a fancy car, or like a gigantic house. However these things as we here from Ecclesiastes mean nothing in the grand scheme of things, the most important part of our lives is the relationships that we make for it is here where we can experience Jesus in our lives. I hope that this week we can all keep those coming home from World Youth Day and everyone else who is traveling in our prayers.

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