Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people
putting their offerings into the treasury
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” Lk 21:1-4
As Jesus continues to denounce the Scribes and Pharisees, He teaches all of us today that material possessions do not make us holy. A total dependence on God, as Mary taught us with her “Yes” at the Annunciation (Fiat, Totus Tuus-Totally Yours), makes us holy or blessed. When I ask married couples what the most important part of their relationship is, it is not money or material possessions. Money does make things easier and gifts are nice, but having someone to share memories with, pray with, give and receive, take care of and be taken care of, to love and be loved are the most important things in a relationship. So it is with God. He wants us to trust Him and depend on Him like a child trusts his parents and like spouses rely on each other.
Bishop Barron says,
“Do you remember the parable about the foolish rich man? When his barns were filled with all his possessions, he decided to tear them down and build bigger ones. Why is he a fool? Because (and I want you to repeat this to yourself as I say it) you have everything you need right now to be happy.
What makes you happy is always right in front of you because what makes you happy is love. Love is willing the good of the other, opening yourself to the world around you. Love is not a feeling. It’s an act of the will. It is the great act of dispossession.”
These are great lessons as we prepare our souls for Christmas with Advent.
Today’s challenge: May we not focus too much on the material things, but look for ways to grow in holiness and improve our relationships with those God put into our lives. Focus on your brokenness and struggle with sin, your trouble in your relationships. If we do not recognize we are broken, we don’t need a Savior!
Be a servant, become a saint!
You already have everything you need. Recognize God’s providence and see how you can help others or at least not greedily continue to fill a full barn. One gains by emptying oneself.
Thanks for writing a reflection, Jessica! Greg Goertz