LISTEN: Reflection for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C

This week our readings talk about the truly necessary things, of being in Christ, and of having right relationships with God, with creation and with each other. For only through these relationships will we amass the true treasures that we can take to the next life.

“Vanity of vanity, all is vanity” we hear in our first reading from the book of Ecclesiastes. Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ examines this warning and shows how Jesus offers an answer and is, Himself, the only true wealth and wisdom worth pursuing in our life.

As we celebrated the Feast of St Ignatius this week, he also looks at the advice St Ignatius would offer, to be indifferent towards all created things insofar as they lead us towards God, and for the need to always discern God’s will and be grateful for God’s presence in our lives.

Like St Paul in the second reading, we will become new beings if we imitate God in his self-giving and self-emptying. This Christian way of life is radically different to the consumerist, ‘I need to have everything’ mindset that is so prevalent in our Society – yet we know in our hearts that there is no happiness in such consumption. Our true peace lies in being with God.

Join Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ as he reflects on the distinction of having and being and the pursuit of wisdom on this Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21–23; Psalm 90:3–6, 12–13; Colossians 3:1–5, 9–11; Luke 12:13–21

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Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ
B.Bus.Sc., M.Com. (Rhodes), M.A. (London), B.Th. (CUEA), Th.M. (Toronto), S.T.L. (Regis)

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and underwent the usual course of studies in his formation, which took him to such varied places as Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Matthew manages the background technical aspects of much of the Institute's work and is involved in the Spirituality work whilst completing the Advanced Spiritual Directors Training Course run by the Institute.

m.charlesworth@jesuitinstitute.org.za @mcharlesworth
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