One Minute Reflection – 30 September – Today’s Second Reading: James 5:1–6 – Twenty sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Jerome (347-419) Father and Doctor
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you...James 5:1
REFLECTIONS – “The condemnation is severe because “wealth is idolatry” that seduces people and Jesus knew people could not serve two masters — they must choose either God or money. Wealth grabs you and doesn’t let you go and it goes against the first commandment to love God with all one’s heart. It also goes against the second commandment to love one’s neighbour, because a love of wealth destroys the harmonious relationship between us and makes us selfish. It ruins life, ruins the soul. Wealth can turn people into slaves! Loving wealth destroys the soul and cheating people of their just wages and benefits, is a mortal sin!”…Pope Francis 24 May 2018
PRAYER – Dear and Holy God, let us offer You all our daily struggles against sin and evil. Grant us the strength to resist all forms of idolatory, to seek only You and never to allow the material goods of this world to seduce us. Sustain us ever more with Your word and help us to find in it, the source of life. May the prayers of St Jerome be a strength and succour for our journey. We ask this through Jesus our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, Amen.