Oct 22: Monday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Parable of the Rich Man (detail), Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, 1627

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Romans 4:20-25
Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21

And Jesus said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions (NRSV, Luke 12:15).’

Let us pray.

Father, there are so many important realities within the world that demand our attention. Our possessions are the least of them. But still there is the temptation to make any of them, even the seemingly most important, the focus of our life. Jesus, your Word made flesh, teaches us that it is you, Father, and your coming kingdom, that is the one reality that truly matters. May we make you, Father, the center and focus of everything that we are and do, and then order all other realities under this first and foremost choice. May we live for you, Father, our only true future.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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