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dc.contributor.authorGillick, Larry, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 473en_US
dc.description.abstract|This Reflection has to have two separate, but in a way, one unified theme. The eight French-Jesuit martyrs are commemorated on this date every year. The Readings for this liturgy are, ( 2 Cor. 4, 7-15 and Matthew 28, 16-20 ).|They were Jesuits living and spreading the Good News among the Huron people of southern Ontario and northern New York in the middle seventeenth century. They all experienced being brutally killed.|Historically, the newly-arriving "white" immigrants were bringing along with them diseases such as Small Pox to which the Indigenous people had no resistance. The Algonquin people believed that such "white" people as these Jesuits had to be removed. At that same historic time, the enemy tribes of the Huron, the Algonquin, were attacking them intending to rid them of that area and possess it.|These eight men stayed faithful to their missions and their faith in living this feast's Gospel, to go out to all the nations. They were canonized in 1930 by Pope Pius the eleventh. A shrine and public museum near Midland, Ontario two hours north of Toronto, attracts thousands of visitors each year.|Today is also Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time and so we have a quite dramatic Gospel. An easy-to-understand parable presents us with some good questions about our possessions. It is easy enough to understand and difficult enough to pray and ponder.|The man has a tremendous harvest and so he does a wise thing. He says to himself that he will build a larger barn and then put in it a delightful place of security and satisfaction. Let us call his harvest a "bumper crop". So I say to myself, "What's a bumper got to do with this." A bumper is both a protection on a car or truck and also is a shiny decoration.|So while this fellow has it all in his mind, Jesus tells this parable to remind His listeners that this fellow cannot take it all with him if he were to die that night. Jesus refers to the bigger-barn-builder as a "fool." I suspect Jesus called him that, because the man was using his riches as a "bumper" or "decoration."|Anything with which I surround myself so as to prevent personal relationships of all kinds, would also be a "fool" in the eyes of Jesus. Any thing or things which cushions us from being available to the pains and needs of others announces that we are "fools" by our being self-sufficient.|The harvester decorated himself in his own eyes and would receive his identity from what he thought he himself produced. He adorned himself with a "bumper" of plenty and rejoiced in his new-found allusion. He thought he was what he temporally and temporarily possessed. Jesus reminds His listeners in this parable, that now you see it as your own and then it's gone and so are you.|This Gospel-story needs little explanation, but much consideration of a very important invitation. The wheat-wealthy fellow received the crop from the earth as a gift and he took it as his own. Gifts are meant not to be "bumpers", but received in preparation to be shared. Getting is about me. Receiving is about allowing it to be a gift to others. Car-bumprs are for defense, bumper-crops are abundance unconfined, but readied for generous distribution. What we receive is not our definition, but our availability.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherSaints John de Br+beuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrsen_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, October 19, 2020: 29th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitDeglman Center for Ignatian Spiritualityen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorGillick, Lawrence D., S.J.en_US Timeen_US 29en_US
dc.subject.local1Ephesians 2:1-10en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 100:1b-2, 3, 4ab, 4c-5en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 12:13-21en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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