Faith Cannot be Possessed
Do you have processions you value, trinkets, heirlooms, things that you received as a child? Why do we value processions, physical items like we do? Maybe you received these things from a special person. It's more the moments, the things that occurred, the people that were involved, the time spent letting your imagination run wild. We can all agree that people are much more important than things, even if the moment we received these processions was special. Are processions really as special as we make them out to be? They have value, but no, it's the people, the moments, how we feel that matter most. Think about that moment you go up for communion and receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Is it special each and every time you receive him into your heart, mind, body?
Today's Gospel states:'One of the multitude said to him, "Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me." But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?" And he said to them, "Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, `What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, `Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God"'(Luke 12:13-21).
In today's Gospel, we hear how one's life is not made up of the abundance of possessions they have, but treasuring God being present in our lives. Faith is not something you can possess, but is a constant goal, something you strive for, and better yourself everyday to achieve. When you go up to receive communion, you need to ask yourself each time, 'am I doing my best to be a follower of Christ?' If you focus too much on the things that bring you success (especially what you own), then the answer would be no, not yet. Take some time to ask God to help you strive to reach a life of true faith, beyond possessing, but towards giving.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Prayers' a prayer for detaching from earthly possessions:
O Jesus, Who didst choose a life of poverty and obscurity, grant me that grace to keep my heart detached from the transitory things of the world. Be Thou henceforth my only treasure, for Thou art infinitely more precious than all other possessions. My heart is too solicitous for the vain and fleeting things of the earth. Make me always mindful of Thy warning words: “What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?”. Grant me the grace to keep Thy holy example always before my eyes, that I may despise the nothingness of this world and make thee the object of all my desires and affections. Amen.