ORDINARY TIME: SUNDAY 18 [C] — Choosing Death Hoarding Fleeting Vanities, Choosing Life Enriching Oneself with God—Faith Celebrated

LUKE 12, 13 – 21 

1  A man in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.’

14  He said to him, ‘My friend, who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?’

15  Then he said to them, ‘Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for life does not consist in possessions, even when someone has more than he needs.’

16  Then he told them a parable, ‘There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land,

17  thought to himself, “What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.”

18  Then he said, “This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them,

19  and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.”

Luke 12: 16 - 21 Parable of The Rich Fool Art Source: Bertram Poole christianartnow.blogspot

Luke 12: 16 – 21
Parable of The Rich Fool
Art Source: Bertram Poole
christianartnow.blogspot

20  But God said to him, “Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?”

21  So it is when someone stores up treasure for himself instead of becoming rich in the sight of God.’

lectionary bible

 

FAITH CELEBRATED

The Gospel and first reading highlight the futility of earthly pursuits without reference to God.

St Ignatius of Loyola in an age of chivalry learnt this lesson the hard way by seeking glory and honour through knightly endeavours.  In his convalescence from a battle wound he was graced to turn from earthly ambitions to inner motions which inspired him to seek and serve God in all things.  

His conversion highlight at Manresa led him to include in his Spiritual Exercises n 234 now commonly used also as a radical Contemplation to Attain God’s Love:

Suscipe -- Spiritual Exercies of St Ignatius of Loyola n 234 Art Source: Pray as You Go

SuscipeSpiritual Exercies of St Ignatius of Loyola n 234
Art Source: Pray as You Go

Songs

GATHERING

Wake the World with Dawning Joy
(Inspired by words of Pope Francis for
Year of Consecrated Life 2014)
Steven C Warner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxL7fZPaFuY

Be Thou My Vision
Translator: Mary E Byrne 1880-1931
Tune: SLANE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CMclLT_Hjg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdRs9osxAkg

PRESENTATION & PREPARATION OF GIFTS

All that We have
Gary Ault
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgoeCGnEpVk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkdt0vhhcGA

These Alone Are Enough
Dan Schutte
Based on St Ignatius Loyola, Spiritual Exercises 234,
inspiring the radical prayer Suscipe (Latin for “Receive”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxg-qBhZ7M8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWA5zG52eak

COMMUNION

Where Your Treasure Is
Marty Haugen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkuRdRkckjU

Eye Has Not Seen
Marty Haugen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRyOS0nZr7s

COMMUNION MEDITATION

These Alone Are Enough
Dan Schutte
Based on St Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises 234,
inspiring the radical prayer Suscipe (Latin for “Receive”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDXAfQXQ-qA

St Ignatius Loyola’s Vigil of Arms before altar of The Black Madonna at Montserrat March 1522 surrendered his sword and dagger for pilgrim’s staff and beggar’s attire Art Source: shrinetower.com montserrat

St Ignatius Loyola’s Vigil of Arms before altar of The Black Madonna at Montserrat   March 1522
surrendered his sword and dagger for pilgrim’s staff and beggar’s attire
Art Source: shrinetower.com

SENDING FORTH

I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Isaac Watts
Tune: ELLACOMBE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iJ9nqpGhBE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y_oBYtXQdo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUqTJNthSjY

From_To

 

FAITH CONVERTED

In Paris around 1529 St Ignatius appealed to and led St Francis Xavier from an ambitious plan in an intellectual path at the College of St Barbara by posing the question of Jesus:

“What gain, then, is it for anyone to win the whole world and forfeit his/her life”  (Mark 8, 36 and para)?

St Ignatius and St Francis Xavier Paris Art Source: www.marian.org

St Ignatius and St Francis Xavier at University of Paris  around 1529
Art Source: http://www.marian.org

What first steps are prompted within me

to heed the words of Jesus and

his followers life St Ignatius of Loyola and St Francis Xavier in

choosing life in God and

not death through vainglory without God?

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