Fr. Sanctus Mario
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The Man Who is Truly Rich: Breakfast with the Word. Monday 29th Week

Breakfast with the Word. Monday 29th Week Ordinary Time of the Year

Luke 12:13-21 

 

 

 

The man who is truly rich is not the one who acquires the whole earth and yet loses all of them at the end of his life.

 

To consider one as a rich man, America says he must have at least a net worth of $2.3 million. But still, at the end of his life, a man discovers that everything He acquires in this world vanishes into the thin air. Where then lies the value of all his possessions since he cannot take them to the world beyond?

 

Thus the man who is truly rich is not one who loses everything he acquires at the end of his life.

Secondly, the man who is truly rich is not one who wants to acquire everything to himself. Sometimes he does this using any means at his disposal, even to the detriment of others.

 

He is not truly a rich man who thinks of himself only. He can even do anything to frustrate the life of others to get what He wants but at the end of His life, He discovers that life is vanity upon vanity.

 

What essence are our possessions if we acquire everything to the detriment of others and at the end lose them to the dust?

 

In the Gospel

In the gospel of today, A man from the crowd requests that Jesus instructs his brother to give him a share of his father’s inheritance.

 

An analysis of the request shows that the man may be the younger one. It may be that the father is no longer alive.  There is also the probability that the elder brother has refused to share their inheritance.

 

There is also a necessity that the elder brother wants to acquire everything.  It may be that he wants to leave his younger brother with nothing. It may also be that he did not give the younger brother the inheritance that is truly deserved of him.

From the request, one can suggest that there is already a squabble between them that lead the younger one to come to the public and voice his frustration.

 

The man takes Jesus as a  rabbi because rabbis can customarily give decisions on disputed points of law. But instead of Jesus to be a judge, in this case, Jesus uses it to teach the people the worthlessness and meaninglessness of earthly possessions.

 

This does not mean that Jesus is condoning injustice. In essence, Jesus uses that opportunity to bring out the evil effect of selfishness and greediness when it comes to earthly possessions.

The parable today is directed not just to the younger son who demands justice but to the elder brother who tries to acquire everything for himself. This in essence teaches that two things that can easily destroy a family bond are selfishness and greediness.

 

This happens when a member of the family decides to acquire everything only to himself, trying to leave others frustrated.

 

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It is also the case when members of a family only compete among themselves on who is to be the one to be worshipped instead of working harmoniously with one another.

 

Today, people struggle over land, animals, houses, inheritance etc. Sometimes they kill themselves over these.

 

This is not because they do not know the truth of who is the actual owner of the possession, they do this because of greediness, selfishness and extreme hunger for earthly possession.

 

This sometimes leads to fighting, quarrelling, envy, hatred, etc. Jesus teaches us that all these are meaningless if we can understand the shortness of life.

Life does not end in this world. The man who is truly rich is one who knows this and applies caution in everything he does.

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The Problem with the Rich Man in the Parable

 

 

Jesus tells a parable of the rich man who continues to enlarge his barns to store all grains and goods from his farm. Because of the largeness of his produce, he now promises his soul everlasting enjoyment. But God sees Him as a fool why?

 

    1. What actually we might see in this man is the eagerness to work hard and enrich his household. We see in him the ingenuity to invest in his barn. Because of this, he thinks he will have an easy life.

 

 

  1. The rich man thinks only of himself and how he is going to enjoy life. In him, one will see signs of selfishness.

 

  1. He is more interested in earthly treasures than the treasure that lasts forever. Jesus says that what happened to the man is what truly happens when one stores up treasure for himself in this world and forgets his soul. Death takes us unawares because we are unable to prepare for our final end.

 

The Man Who is Truly Rich

 

At death, a man sees that all the things he has been suffering to gain ends within a twinkle of an eye. But yet he does not pay attention to the life beyond until everything takes him unawares. The wise man knows this and takes precaution in whatever he does.

 

The man who is truly rich is one who is rich in God. He knows that earthly possessions do not last.  And in everything he does, he thinks of his eternal life.

He is the man who knows that earthly glory is short-lived but heavenly glory lasts forever. He is truly rich, he who gains the richness of the life that lasts forever.

 

The man who is truly rich is the man who does not only think of himself. He does not live a self-centred life but consider the happiness of those around Him. He helps people not for his self-glory but for the glory of God.

 

The man who is truly rich is one who gains the heavenly riches and glory at last. His life and joy do not end in this world but continues in the world after.

 

May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to become rich in His glory. May our efforts and suffering in this world pave way for our eternal glory. Amen

 

 

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69 Comments
  1. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

    1. Uchechukwu Egbo says

      Amen 🙏, thank you For🙏 please help me Lord that teaching will not stand against me on the last day🙏

  2. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen

  3. Jared Ogare says

    Let your riches rather than those of this world fill my heart O Lord,Amen

  4. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!!!
    I am truly blessed by this morning breakfast. Thank You Lord For Your Words are A and Amen!! So complete and encouraging.
    To the writer, God bless and replenish you. Amen.

    1. Eze felicita says

      Amen

  5. Agwu Maureen says

    Thank you padre for today’s breakfast with the word so inspiring
    I pray for more grace upon your life and more unction to function

  6. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr. Good morning

  7. Omeje Ifebuche says

    Amen

    1. Uchenna Obeta says

      Amen. Thank you Jesus for your wonderful sermon through your priest. Thank you Father for being our spiritual director.

    2. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

      Amen 🙏.

  8. Okonkwo onyinye says

    AMEN

  9. Ilokwe Rose Charity says

    Amen

  10. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Thank u Fr.

    Ndukwe Amanda

  11. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen🙏🙏🙏

  12. Josephine Ugwu says

    Amen

    1. Assumpta Chinwe Nwosu says

      Thank you Jesus for today’s breakfast with the word. I’m richly blessed. God bless you Padre for always taking time to explain in details yo our understanding of the word of 3.

  13. Ani Chinonyelum Emmanuella says

    Amen, thanks Padre and God bless you

  14. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for your word for me this morning. Pray for more grace to be cautious of my life through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

  15. Azike Martins says

    Amen. I learnt today that to be truly rich is to be cautious of heaven and the vanity of earthly possessions.

  16. arinze chinenye says

    Amen

    1. Udenze chisom Julia says

      amen.
      our richness in terms of material things are vanity.
      May God help us

  17. Njideka Aniagolu says

    Amen, and May God continue to help us realize that the treasures of this life are vanity upon vanity, so that we may continue to imbibe the habit of selflessness effortlessly at the tale end we may receive our well-done job from our Father in Heaven through same Christ our lord, Amen.

    Thanks for serving my soul with this rich reflection, Father, May God continue to increase your wealth of Wisdom and answer every of your secret prayers 🛐 through same Christ ⛪ our Lord 👑, Amen.

  18. Beatrice Solomon says

    Amen.
    God teach us to seek your riches

  19. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    Heavenly Father, I thank you for your teaching & words today & I pray for the grace to become rich in your glory, Amen🙇‍♀️🙏

  20. Onyeoma Ukamaka says

    Amen…Fr. May Almighty God bless you beyond measure for inspiring souls all over the world

  21. Alphonsus Inegbedion says

    Amen. Thank you dearest Padre for this inspiring reflection. God bless you indeed.

  22. AWUZIE INNOCENT S. says

    Amen🙏🙏

  23. Angela Ekere says

    Amen

  24. Jovita Okey-Oha says

    Amen and Amen.

    Jovita

  25. IKECHI EMMANUEL ONYEMA says

    AMEN 🙇🙏
    Good morning and Remain Blessed 🌹 Padre

  26. Chibuzor says

    Thank you Jesus

  27. Sheila says

    Amen

  28. Chimbuikem Onovo joseph says

    May God grant me the grace to live up a life worthy of his name and the riches acquiring and yet to acquired Paige way for me on earth and world thereafter..Amen.

    God bless you Fr.Sanctus for your spiritual guide.

    1. Elizabeth kiio says

      AMEN

  29. Rosemary says

    Amen

  30. Regina Mobu says

    Amen

  31. John says

    Amen

    1. Chinwe Agwoile says

      I gather that Jesus frowns at HOARDING
      Jesus teaches me that selfishness and greed lead to acquisition of a lot of material possessions for me and me alone. It is not proper for me to hoard spiritual and material resources God wants me to share with the ignorant and the needy.
      Silence, like the calm water, can be a mirror that helps me to see my real self. When this happens, do I play the ostrich? Do I care about others and joyfully share my belongings with them?How many people can be counted among those I have positively impacted their lives? Am I content with little? What are my spiritual treasures? Wherein lies my security: in material things that perish and fade away?
      Thank you Lord Jesus for all You have given me. Let me be generous with them and not hoard them for the rainy day. May my real riches and valuables be found in You alone. Help me to always include You in my future plan knowing that unless You will what I plan, it will never come to be. Forgive my covetousness, greed and ‘long throat’. Amen!

  32. Agudosi Cordelia chinyere says

    Amen

  33. Dinmah Lucy Chinyere says

    Amen. More Favour and wisdom the Lord will grant unto Fr, Mario through Christ our Lord, Amen & Amen

  34. Ndubuike Hilda says

    Amen and Amen

  35. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen

  36. Adozima Chidi Helen says

    Indeed, I have been richly fed. What an inspiration. I return all glory to God, our maker who gave me the privilege and honor to be part of this great family.

  37. Adozima Chidi Helen says

    Very inspiring. I have been richly fed. Thanks for this spiritual food.

  38. Amicable says

    Thanks for the write up

  39. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

    Thank you Jesus, for the inspiration I get each day through this breakfast with your word. Continue to feed me each day. My relationship with you is increasing by the day. Bless Fr Mario and continue to inspire him Amen.

  40. Elidy Mukami says

    Amen Fr. May God bless you too

  41. Elidy Mukami says

    Amen Fr. May God bless you.

  42. EZENWA JACINTA says

    Amen

  43. Mariajacinta Ivoke says

    Amen

  44. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen 🙏 thanks brother

  45. Peace Wilfred says

    Amen. Father you don’t know how much I love you. Your teachings are so inspiring Father. May Almighty God continue to uphold you forever, may He keep you spiritually firm and may Heaven be your final destination. Love you Father even though I don’t know you. Thanks alot….🙏🙏🙏

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Amen

  46. OKAFOR OZIOMA says

    May God never allow earthly things to take my soul away from him🙏🙏🙏

  47. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen!

  48. Ozoro Christiana says

    Amen 🙏

  49. Onah Lilian says

    Am🙏en! May He bless you too

  50. Grace Yina says

    Amen

  51. Ugwu Obianuju G says

    Amen

  52. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen.
    Thank Lord, for everything ‘

  53. Nkoli Nora Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn

  54. Gerald Ekene says

    Amen

  55. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen

  56. Christian says

    Amen

  57. Chinwe Agwoile says

    I gather that Jesus frowns at HOARDING
    Jesus teaches me that selfishness and greed lead to acquisition of a lot of material possessions for me and me alone. It is not proper for me to hoard spiritual and material resources God wants me to share with the ignorant and the needy.
    Silence, like the calm water, can be a mirror that helps me to see my real self. When this happens, do I play the ostrich? Do I care about others and joyfully share my belongings with them?How many people can be counted among those I have positively impacted their lives? Am I content with little? What are my spiritual treasures? Wherein lies my security: in material things that perish and fade away?
    Thank you Lord Jesus for all You have given me. Let me be generous with them and not hoard them for the rainy day. May my real riches and valuables be found in You alone. Help me to always include You in my future plan knowing that unless You will what I plan, it will never come to be. Forgive my covetousness, greed and ‘long throat’. Amen!

  58. Ozoemena chinasa says

    Amen

  59. Nnametu chioma Michelle says

    Amen

  60. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen Padre, God’s divine wisdom and strength always amen 🙏

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