Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today I will take stock of my loves to make sure they don't compete with my love for God.
Luke 12: 13-21
Jesus, I believe you want me to have faith in you, faith that hearkens to your words without any
second guessing. I hope in your words, not relying solely on my own strength or reasoning. I love
you. You continue to astonish me by showing me that your ways are not my
Lord, may I love you with all my heart, mind, soul and
1. Love's Labor Lost:
"Take care to guard against all greed."
Greed arises when our heart loves material things and possessions in selfish and disordered ways.
God created "things" material reality for a purpose: to help us fulfill our mission in this life.
Our heart can grow to love these things and to love accumulating wealth for its own sake, not for
the sake of using it to fulfill our mission and save our soul.
Jesus has called us to "love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your
whole soul, with all your strength and with all your mind." But we only have one heart, one soul,
one will and one mind. If I love material wealth in a disordered way, then my one heart, one soul,
etc. will be divided and pulled in many directions simultaneously. Not only will I not be able to
love God with a total, faithful, focused love, I will not be able to love anyone in this way. No
matter whom I love, my love will always be weakened and diluted by a divided
3. Late Have I Loved:
"Late have I loved You, O Beauty ever
ancient, ever new, late have I loved You. You were within me, and I looked outside; I sought you,
and miserable as I was, I longed for creatures, I was detained by the wonderful works of your hands"
(St. Augustine, Confessions). What dilutes my love is disordered affection for the things God
created. Our heart is capable of loving multiple persons and things (God, parents, children,
friends), but only to the degree it is capable of focusing on one of them. Loving God first is like
using a magnifying glass: The rays of sunlight, like the affection and love we have for numerous
persons and things, are united by the glass and magnified into a more powerful beam. When we love
God first, our love for others and the world increases in intensity.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, you created my
heart to love. Often I fall in love with the things you created. I can even begin to love them more
than you, to forget that you are their Creator and that you have given them to me to lead me to you.
Help me to love you above them all, and to thank and bless you in a thousand
Today I will take stock of my loves
to make sure they don't compete with my love for God.