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Theology for the common man

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Many of us could draw a conclusion from the teachings of today's Sunday readings. Qoheleth reminds us about vanity, of everything we do without God: “Vanity of vanities (…). All things are vanity. ” We can see this vanity in the case of injustice of everyone who experiences it and especially when you notice that someone profits from your hard work without doing anything. Then all human relationships start to collapse and smartness and violence begin to reign. In that perspective, we can appreciate the presence of God as a fundament of true justice which is distributed according the mercifulness of God. Then we become more and more conscience that everything man does comes from the goodness of God. Then we can see that we should put our trust only in God. Jesus's parable today about a wealthy man who thought he would be happy and safe in the future only because of his own initiative, not having time for God, it describes very well. The man has counted wrongly of his future fate trusting on himself and on what he gained and possessed. And then that same night he was at last ready to enjoy his wealthy life, he dies. “Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God”. And again we can draw from Qoheleth’ wisdom who says: “For what profit comes to man from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored under the sun? All this days sorrow and grief are his occupation; even at night his mind is not at rest. This is also vanity.” When, instead, the fundament of life will be put in God and in His will, then the same moments (even painful and costly) of life will receive totally different meaning. We have to have in our mind always the words of Jesus: “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” It is worthy to be rich in God’s eyes.