BE ON YOUR GUARD
(Scripture Reflection Luke 12:15)
"Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
As a child, the beach was the most exhilarating place. I never realised that this paradise could be a death trap until I saw a man stuck in quicksand. He was saved only because of the presence of mind of some lifeguards with the right equipment.
Do we see how apt St Paul is as he describes the dreadful human state (today’s First Reading)? Life throws up so many temptations and desires that it is easy to be led astray and entrapped unless we are firmly rooted in Christ. It is akin to the quicksand hazard.
The Focus advises wisdom and balance: to live a life rich in God rather than rich in earthly wealth (Lk 12:20-21). It is important, because a cacophony of voices outside keeps shouting ‘make more money’, ‘big is better’, ‘greed is good’. But Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:21).
As Christians we should also remember that we are here for a larger purpose: we are God’s handiwork, created ‘for good works’ (Eph 2:10). We would do well to accept the truth that God has ‘made us, and we are his’ (Ps 99:3). Therefore we must dare to be different.
Fruit: Where do I need to be on guard against greed? Am I willing to surrender to the Spirit to fill me so that I may lack nothing?