Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Friday 27 October 2017
Can we predict from the signs of time ?!
I was watching at some length a heart wrenching film, the ocean’s living world is being destroyed .. The scientists are quoting huge numbers the coral reeves , sea life’s delivery rooms, lost about 40-45 % of their size in the past few years . The film also shows that the inhabitants of an ancient fishing village after a whole day’s work , are opening tinned fish in the shop, as they did not catch anything and have no lunch….Again and again the same question arrises : why ? The scientists answer is the same everywhere : global warming , acid rain, the polyp like arms of the consumers' society hunting down everything…..in short, human greed ,is what kills everything !
Before we pass judgement on anyone , let’s think , I wonder what mark would we give ourselves from “greediness”? How many outfits do I have that I bought but never use ? How many such beds do I have that I have not slept in this month? I should continue on with the examination of my conscience, searching one’s heart ! Yes, examination of conscience because greed is there amongst the principal sins and unfortunately this sin is like contagious disease that rages in all of us and the fact is that this immeasurable desire for possessions is responsible for the destruction of our world ! We put more on our plates than what we can eat and we just throw out the rest ! And all of us do this with everything ! There is such a frightening quantity of clothing in circulation , that from the crumbs fallen on the ground , that from a day's wage we can get dressed , properly from top to toe from a second hand shop ! The worry is that instead of feeling greed as a sin , we even speak ill, condemn the one who is not resourceful enough, does not hoard , “gather”, fleece with two hands ! We proudly show off our houses where naturally there is no laughter of children , only just walls that sooner or later will collapse with a great crash , decaying odds and ends, junk !
We are on the way towards facing trial, justice , Life , unless we respect her now, just as during the course of history so many times , will condemn her children ! The judgement, sentence is acid rain , drought, dried up wells , terrorists , wars , steam of refugees, destruction, suffering !
There is a cure ! Our Lord Jesus Christ’s answer is simple ! In the Our Father He taught His disciples the answer : “ Give us this day our daily bread “! Every day the daily , and not enormous , accumulated , piled up reserves in our homes ! Only as much , that we really need because if I take even a tad more that is greed, a sin and wages of sin is death ! For this reason with relentless determination let’s hunt down and blot out, annihilate from ourselves the sly, murderous sin of our times that threatens our world with total destruction ,insatiable greediness, avarice !
translated by dr k.e.
Jesus said again to the crowds, 'When you see a cloud looming up in the west you say at once that rain is coming, and so it does. And when the wind is from the south you say it's going to be hot, and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the face of the earth and the sky. How is it you do not know how to interpret these times? 'Why not judge for yourselves what is upright?
For example: when you are going to court with your opponent, make an effort to settle with him on the way, or he may drag you before the judge and the judge hand you over to the officer and the officer have you thrown into prison. I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the very last penny.’
Luke 12, 54-59