Today I would like to reflect on simplicity of life. We find in our Gospel today a story about a man who has fallen victim to robbers. He loses everything, all his possessions, and we are given to think that perhaps he didn’t have too much to start with. In our first reading, God tells us that what truly counts is not a “thing” outside of us, but something within us. St Paul tells the Collisions: Jesus is “before all things.”
And what about Jesus’ example? The Son of God, we are told in Scripture, emptied himself of all honor, glory, riches, and security — born in a stable, fleeing in exile, no where to rest his head – without home or profession, buried in a borrowed tomb. Jesus warned us more than anything about riches….we must be simple! We must live uncluttered lives.
Why must we be simple with things?
- For one, too many possessions keep us from God. A life of comfort, ease, luxury, and accumulating material things distracts us from God and makes us think that happiness comes from stuff, not God.
- Nothing lasts forever — job titles, degrees, money, new shoes, populariy, muscles
- The most important things aren’t things –
- Solidarity with the poor: Do you realize how fortunate we are to even have the OPTION to live simply?
- Keep your closets empty
- Don’t leave stuff everywhere
- Keep your email inboxes empty
- Enjoy the simple stuff of life
Issues is: an inordinate attachment to any person, place, or thing aside from Jesus
One Solitary Life.
He was born in an obscure village,
the child of a peasant woman.
He worked in a carpentry shop until he was thirty,
and then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.
When the tide that popular opinion turned against him,
his friends ran away.
He was turned over to his enemies.
He was tried and convicted.
He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves.
When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave.
He never wrote a book.
He never held an office.
He never owned a home.
He never went to college.
He never traveled more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born.
He never did one of the things that usually accompanies greatness.
Yet all the armies that ever marched,
and all the governments that ever sat,
and all the King’s that ever reigned,
had not affected life upon this earth
as powerfully as that One Solitary Life.
Simplicity of life. “Just passing through.” Aren’t we all.
Homework: simplify your life.