A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit our Basilian mission in Cali, Colombia. There, the Basilians serve among the poorest of the poor, providing them access to education that they might not otherwise receive. As we journeyed throughout the neighborhood surrounding our Parish and school, I couldn’t help but notice how poor the living conditions were in some parts of the neighborhood. Some “houses” barely consisted of four walls, with nothing more than a tarp for a “roof.” Despite their living conditions, I couldn’t help but notice how happy the people were. They didn’t have much, but they were happy with what little they did have, and it showed!
Fast forward a couple of years, and I found myself living in Houston, Texas, driving past the Memorial Drive mansions every day to get to my classes at the Seminary. Every so often, I would notice one large house get torn down, only for an even larger one to be built in its place. It seemed like the people who lived in those houses were never really happy- they always wanted more- more cars, bigger houses, more wealth… all in an effort to find “happiness.”
Today’s readings, however, challenge this view of happiness, reminding us that there is more to life than our possessions! In fact I would say that they even go so far as to warn each of us not to be possessed by our possessions. As both Jesus and the author of Ecclesiastes point out, our possessions will mean nothing to us when we are dead- you can’t take any of it with you!
Perhaps each of us can take St. Paul’s words in the second reading to heart, and learn to set our minds on heavenly things, and not on the things of this world. If we can do this, we can allow ourselves to be renewed by God, and formed more and more into the image of the person that God is calling each one of us to be.
On another note, Thursday August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption, is our Parish feast day. We will be having a
special Mass to celebrate the Feast Day at 6:00pm at the McEwan Campus site. We hope to see many of you there!
-Fr. Steven Huber, CSB