Gospel Reflection 18th Sunday in Ordinary Times

In this Sunday’s readings, we are challenged to grasp our worth before God. God doesn’t count our possessions but looks at us with eyes of affection that’s worth quite more than anything we possess.  Human vanity may make us feel that possessing things makes us more valuable. These items we own are only temporary and must be put in perspective. God values us even after we don’t have anything.

Psalm 90:12-13 reminds us that we must gain the wisdom of the heart. God constantly wants us to know that our value to God is in that God created us. This creation of God must be open to God’s voice which is calling us out of ourselves to see ourselves as God sees us.  It is often said, that in God’s sight, “everybody is somebody.”

The human desire for material things can often take our sights off of what God has in store for us.  I have known many people with possessions who would say that even when they were struggling it seemed that they were happier. The happiness that can be bought is only temporary.

In this Gospel, Jesus offers us hope. When we prioritize the things that we have and focus on our life with Christ, we will find happiness. We must never begin to think that because we have many things, we can then just sit back and relax. We must look at how we use the things that we have and ask ourselves if there is more to life than being satisfied with oneself. Can we help to bring happiness to others with the things that we have?