Dear Fathers , Friends in Christ ,
"One's life does not consist of possessions. . . ."
A life is not what you own, it is who you are and what you do with what God has given you. Few of us are in the position of the wealthy man described in the parables, but for a moment, let's say that we were that man. What would be the proper use of such riches? To pull down grain stores to build larger ones in which the grain would rot? Or, perhaps, to take some of that enormous surplus and use it to change the state of life for those around us?
Amassing riches is not the point of life. Indeed, not even close. We are called to amass love through a life of prayer and self-giving, and then to pour out that love to all those around us. In short, to become a beacon in darkness, a watch fire whose flame serves to ignite a thousand other fires of service, asking no more than to do God's will. As St. Ignatius of Loyola says, "To give and not to count the cost."
Father Ed Bakker,
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne