I’m a Fool for Christ Sake

Reflection for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Treasurer, Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.

This reflection was originally posted in our July 25th newsletter

Fool for God's Sake

In this week’s Gospel, Jesus refers to a “fool” as “One who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God”. So we should be very concerned about what matters to God and perhaps a little less concerned with what matters to us.

Frank Sheed used to stand in Times Square holding a sign that said: “I’m a Fool for Christ sake. Who’s fool are you?” Needless to say his sign opened up quite a time of discussion to many who were trying to store up treasures that offer far less security and last much less than what these readings call us to.

In the Second reading from Colossians the question of what matters to God is clearly answered: that we become like Him, that we “put on the new self, which is being renewed…in the image of its Creator.” What matters is that we do what He has done for us and for our sisters and brothers. Our lives and our actions are a gift from God and what we do is our gift back and is done for others.

It is not what we possess, as much as it’s how we use and share our lives. In a time of so many looking for security, the Word of God calls us to trust, believe and share.

St. Francis pray that we are ready at this moment and if not help us to try again with even a small step. For it is giving that we receive.

Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.
FAN Board Treasurer

Published in: on July 26, 2016 at 10:06 am  Leave a Comment  

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