Reflection for Friday, June 21, 2002: 11th week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorRodriguez, Luis, S.J.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorRodriguez, Luis, S.J.en_US IIen_US Timeen_US 11en_US
dc.description.abstractFor people of the 21st century, and especially for people born and raised in a country ruled by democracy, the very notion of nobility as a social class is quite foreign. So the fact that Aloysius was born into a noble family and was heir to the family title of nobility may not mean to us as much as the fact that he was born into a wealthy and influential family. Wealth and clout we do understand. Why, then, would a young man give up that wealth and influence? There may not be a valid answer to that question, because "Why?" is a head question, while Aloysius' answer came from the heart, and we cannot quite address head questions with heart answers.|His answer addressed a deeper heart question: "What, then, will one gain by winning the whole world and forfeiting one's soul?" [Mt. 16:26] He really had it made by being the heir to the title of Marquis of Castiglione. He did not even have to enter the race to come ahead. Yet the gospel question kept hounding him. A question that in contemporary and non-scriptural form was answered by author Ann Quindlen in her commencement address at Villanova University, when she recalled the words sent to her by her father on a postcard: "If you win the rat race, you are still a rat." In that light, wealth and clout lose their tantalizing attraction.|Today's gospel, then, is most pertinent: "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" It sounded astonishing to the Apostles and it still sounds hard to us. Is something wrong with being rich? After all, the Patriarchs are portrayed as being immensely rich and their very wealth was seen as a sign of God's blessing. No, there is nothing wrong with possessing riches -and riches include our personal giftedness- but rather in being possessed by them, in allowing the tail to wag the dog. The more wealth and influence we can count on to sustain our sense of self-sufficiency, the harder it is for us to recognize and own our radical self-insufficiency before God. That is why it is so "hard for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God." The Patriarchs did recognize and own before God their self-insufficiency and, in the midst of their wealth, they remained anawim. So did Aloysius Gonzaga, the heir to the house of Castiglione.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 369en_US
dc.program.unitCreighton University Medical Centeren_US
dc.program.unitJesuit Communityen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local12 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 132:11, 12, 13-14, 17-18en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 6:19-23en_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, June 21, 2002: 11th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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