St Luke, in his Gospel, picks up a theme of Jesus' teaching and focuses on it: the danger of riches in relation to
our spiritual lives.
St Angela encourages us to realize that Jesus Christ is worth more than all the possessions in the world.
"Blessed are you who are poor, for the
Kingdom of God is yours."
"Let Jesus Christ be your one and only
St Angela Merici
Come follow me! But when he heard this,
he became quite sad for he was very rich.
Take care to guard against all greed, for
though one may be rich,
one's life does not consist of possessions.
You fool, this night your life will be
demanded of you,
and the things you have stored, to whom
will they belong?
When you hold a banquet, invite the poor,
the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
Blessed indeed will you be because of
their inability to repay you.
Luke 14: 13-14
No servant can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the
other, or be devoted to one and despise
You cannot serve God and money.
Lord, may the desire for possessions,
the use of your material gifts,
the joy of access to many of life's good things,
not distract me from the desire for you,
the inspirations of your Holy Spirit
and the joy of self-giving in service of you and others.
May you possess my life and may you always be my greatest treasure.
Further Scripture passages for prayer and Reflection:
Luke 18:18-30 The Rich Young Man
Luke 12:13-21 The Rich Fool
Luke 12:22-34 Trust in God's Plan
Luke14:15-24 A Great Marriage Feast
Luke16:10-15 Thoughts on Riches