MONDAY: Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
We Are Heirs of the Kingdom
When integrity and spirituality fail, people seek refuge in wealth, social, political and religious paraphernalia. They believe the whole world is indebted to them. God then becomes a judge. He must accommodate the selfish motives of the covetous, they believe. They consider self-pity as their trump card to draw God’s attention to themselves and win his favour. They are mistaken! How? Faith is never a provisional relationship. The same applies to spirituality. They are not makeshift licenses. It is immoral to play the justice card with God and earn his clemency only when it is convenient to satisfy our wants and needs. God is not the police. He is our Father and Christ Jesus is our saviour and redeemer (Jn.3:17).
Faith is an unconditional consignment of our heart, mind, body, soul, spirit and will to journey with God. According to job, genuine faith permits us to accept both good and trouble from God with unwavering fidelity (Job.2:10). Faith does not demand answers or solutions. Only the lack of faith expresses itself with desperation. It makes demands; it sets limits and bridges divine protocols to attain its end.
There is a vast difference between the posture of Abraham (Rom 4:20-25) and that of the man in Luke 12:13-21. The man in today’s gospel demanded Jesus to tell his brother about the just division of his inheritance. Abraham, on the other hand, was justified because of his incessant patience with God. The Lord chastised the man in today’s gospel for his impertinence and lack of patience. What will God reprimand us for today in a world where faith and spirituality are fizzling out like the wind and the demand for materialism is on the rise?
Faith is a spiritual and invisible commodity - it is gratis and it builds others and us into a community with Christ – together we are like first-born sons and daughters – heirs and coheirs with Christ. We do not have to squabble over our divine inheritance. However, earthly Inheritance is visible, tangible, and divisive. Yet the temptation to hide behind the latter is always greater than the desire to embrace the spiritual.
The Benedictus (Lk.1:69-75) challenges us to rise beyond the mundane. It begs us to wait in patience, to appreciate the value of God’s sense of justice and equity. God pulls down the mighty and lifts up the lowly. He fills the hungry with good things and the rich he sends away empty-handed, according to Mary’s Magnificat. Again, The Lord’s Prayer teaches us everything we need to know about the relationship between the children of God and their stewardship in the world – everything about, fraternity, sorority, bread and justice for all are outlined in the Our Father. We are one family in Christ and we do not have to fight over inheritance. Christ is not our judge. He is our saviour and our redeemer.
Lord, help us recognise and work towards our eternal inheritance reserved for us in the kingdom.