True Blessing Comes From God

Dear friends: The theme of today’s readings is centered upon hope in God, who invites us to stay close to Him and heed His guidance. In today’s gospel, we have the images of abundance and scarcity, blessings and woe, time and eternity, and all these make us reflect on our ultimate destiny. The words of Jesus show how startling the Gospel message can be. In fact, it is just the opposite of the wisdom pervading our consumer society. Woe, says Jesus to the rich, the satisfied, those financially secure and blessing to those who are poor, suffering and the hungry. How can this be real? On reflection we see that material satisfaction can isolate us, but a lack of it can take us beyond ourselves. Our poverty, hunger and sorrow can lead us to greater riches as it takes us close to the divine. The true blessing comes when we empty ourselves, make a room for God and realize His plan in our life.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

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