Fr. Ottavio Raimondo

For all his toil, his toil under the sun, what does main gain by it? (Ecclesiastes 1, 2.2, 21-23)
You must look for the things that are in heaven (Colossians 3, 1- 5.9.11)
And this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?( Luke 12,13-21)

A man in  the crowd said to him, “Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.”

Jesus is averse from taking position regarding to  homely disputes due to financial matters. For Jesus focuses about a radical solution that allows us to convert from possession which is the result of dividing resources, to a new way of being due to a real communion of life where we are with the others. The relation with God that doesn’t care about the brother, it’s a unreliable relationship, or, more, not a Christian relationship.

Who ignores the brother, on the other hand, is far away form God. Who puts all his trust in material possessions, at the end he  looses a family and the heavenly Father. The disciples’ family grows up only if the members are men and women of communion of life.

My soul you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.

The good things don’t assure anybody’s life. Your luggage is  very heavy, and you can’t go far. Did you realize that more you collect less you have in your hands? Did you reflect about the effects of your heaping up, which are exclusion and poverty?  Did you think about the fact that your  goods make you separated or isolated from the others, and you never have time for anybody? Fool! It’s a word which is comprehensive of silliness and mischief. We should have the courage to question ourselves: who is rich will ever have the time to eat, to sleep and to enjoy life? The great enemy of the rich person isn’t God or the poor, but him who lives deceiving himself and the others.

So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.

So the rich man looses this life, but also the eternal life. This is what the disciple ought not to do.  It could be very positive if we reach the point to read together the verses from 22 up to 34 and discovering which attitude should have the disciple regarding to richness. How to make himself rich in the sight of God. We all agree that is better to walk on the right path than to fall astray, in fact Christian people are called the walking people, the ones on the road.

There is a very meaningful story about two brothers who had in heritage a field, which their  father on due time divided exactly in two. But the situation of the two was very different, in fact one brother was rich, but without family, and the other one was poor with a large family to sustain. Eventually, during the night, the two start to think about the situation of each other and both of them decided to get up and removing the borders of the field in favor of the other one. When the  morning broke they found themselves facing each other and removing the borders of their own field.

Jesus’ disciple is the one who always moves the borders in favor of the brother, of the other persons, of the other cultures and of the troubled countries. You are this disciple and you do this because of the power of the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Ottavio Raimondo, Comboni missionary 348-2991393