Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2016
Heaven is our Homeland; Earth is our Temporal place:
On this Eighteenth Sunday in ordinary time, 2016, the Holy Mother Church invites us to reflect on the reason for which God created us? Were we created to amass the wealth and success of this world or were we created to love God and use the things of this world at our disposal to live our lives, honor God with them, and finally return to him?
These questions were properly addressed in all the readings this Sunday: The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that, “Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” Which means that nothing in this world lasts forever, therefore, we must be cautious on how we use them or place our trust and hope in them. Likewise, in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus echoed the same warning about the consequence of over dependence on the earthly possessions; He reminds his interrogator to “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Our Lord goes on to share that a man was so much occupied with his wealth that he forgot that his life depends when God decides for him. In his letter to the Colossians, Saint Paul collaborates the same message above as he tells them, “Brothers and sisters: If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.” Here Paul refers to the baptism to which we were baptized in Christ. The symbolic meaning of baptism, either by immersion or pouring of water is that we have died with Christ by going down into the water and getting up implies that we have risen with Him. So, Paul wishes to say that once we were baptized in Christ we have become new creatures, who now are destined to heaven.
My brothers and sisters, wealth and treasure is not evil in themselves. But how we used them can bring us eternal salvation or could lead us astray. The Scripture says, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back for something left behind is worthy of the kingdom of God”
God bless you!
Father Uche Obikwelu