Daily Readings & Reflections

August 7th  – Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

“And the winner is…”

 

In an older translation of today’s scripture  (click here for today's scripture) Jesus poses the question in today’s gospel as this: “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” Jesus had no problem with people having a lot of money: His good friends Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea were very wealthy. He was a dinner guest at several rather swank parties. His question to all of us with respect to whatever we possess is: “What choices did you make to accumulate whatever you have, whether your transportation be via bus fare, a twenty year old van or a newly minted Lexus, and what are you accomplishing with your assets, whether they be your last $10.00  or are counted in billions? Jesus promised neither great wealth nor grinding poverty in this world if we follow Him, but in today’s gospel He states the consequences of turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to those in need: “For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay each according to his conduct.”

 

Deacon Tom

  

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