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*** Reflection ***
It is always good to be reminded, as we are in today’s readings, of what really matters, for our lives do not consist of our possessions. Today let us pray that we treasure what is truly important in our lives—all the people to whom we are called to reveal God’s mercy—and leave the rest to God.
Rich, but not wealthy?
Today Jesus speaks of the riches of heaven, as compared to earthly riches. “There’s no pocket in the shroud” is a good old Irish saying. As with the Beatitudes, he is speaking about the poor in spirit. In other words, I could have a lot of wealth, but it does not possess me, nor am I enslaved by it. He tells us about something we all know too well. The first million will never satisfy! It may be the most difficult to make, but it can generate a compulsion to accumulate more, driven with the desire to go one better. We really should distinguish between wealth and riches. Some of the richest people I know have little of this world’s goods. There are no greater riches than a loving, kind heart. Money couldn’t buy the gifts that bring happiness.
It is such a simple lesson, but one we will never learn it if we refuse to open our heart to it. When we die, we have to let go of everything. I was at the bedside of a wealthy woman when she died, a person with a reputation for minding the pennies. She had no family of her own, so there was no shortage of interest as to where her wealth was going to go. (“Where there’s a will, there are relatives!’). One of her staff whispered “I wonder how much did she leave?,” and another quietly replied, “She left everything.”
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