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Sunday Readings- Store up what matters to God!

     Store up for what is in Heaven, for you are not of this earth! That basically is the main message in this weekends readings. On the 18th Sunday of Ordinary time, we are called to let go of our greed, and focus on the things of the Heavenly Father.


     There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with planning for the future, making sure you are prepared. We have to after all, if we want to do well. We must plan so we know where to go, and what we wish to do. But the future can be so misleading; Surprising always giving us something new. So it becomes almost impossible to fully plan.


     Look at the parable in todays Gospel. The farmer, has grown enough to take care of himself for the rest of his life. That is fine. He planned in case there is bad weather, or if something doesn't go right. But he was so focused and determined to store it up. And he wanted it that way, he was going to build a bigger barn. The trouble was that he was so caught up in gathering enough food for the future he forgot to gather what is most important.

     He told him self, "Now as for me,I have so many good things stored up for many years,rest, eat, drink, be merry! That was the greed seeking into him and taking control. Just because he stored up enough on earth doesn't mean he stored anything up in heaven.

     God then intervenes and basically tells him, "Great, but what if you die, whom is that going to belong to? and what about in heaven? You have nothing."

     We to can become the Farmer. We can get caught up in gathering, and preparing, that we forget to plan and store for what is the most important. Before Jesus suffered at the Last supper, Jesus told his disicples,  "... you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world..." [Jn 15:19]   So then we must store up what we need in heaven. We must gather what matters to God in heaven.

Being kind



Helping Others



Sharing God's Word



Being Generous



Sharing what we have



Taking care of God's earth



Sharing our crops



All these things is what God requires. He wants us to let go of our greed, and be generous. No, i'm not saying not to rest, eat, drink and be merry. I'm saying do all of that, while you store up what is needed in heaven. For God does his work and we do ours. For we need to rest, we need to eat and drink, we need to me merry! But all for the glory of God [1 Cor 10:31]


It is now up to us. To go and be generous, and to store what matters in heaven. It is our job to go eat drink rest and be merry but also to focus on God, and share Gods word. Pray, now so as to ask God to help you store up what is needed in the heavenly kingdom!









PS There is post coming on Wednesday,
about Greed and not wanting so much stuff!!

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  1. Yes it is true. Having a balance, but put God first before everything. Dropping by from Winsome Wednesday. My entry is " Away from home" from : joysnotepad.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!

      It is true, God must come first, but we must still live the lives here on earth. And it is by putting God first that we prove to him that we are worthy of his kingdom!

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