Ephesians 2:1-10; Psalm 100; Luke 12:13-21
Luke tells us of an encounter between squabbling siblings and Jesus. The quarrel as is often the case is about property and Jesus' response is the parable about storing up treasure which is worthless, as we all die and leave it behind. Jesus is very abrupt in how he speaks to them - our missal translation 'my friend' is often rendered in other bible translations as 'Man!'. That word points to all of us, so we know the message that follows applies to each one of God's people.
One of our ancestors in Faith set a good example - possibly an extreme example - of the radical way that we should regard property: Ignatius of Loyola left his wealthy (and debauched) lifestyle to live in poverty at the service of others and in so doing founded the Jesuits who have enriched our lives and continue to do so today.
But he is not the only St Ignatius:
|St Ignatius of Antioch (- 107)|