In this weekend’s readings we confront the natural urge to hang on to all those “things” in our lives that we know we just “gotta have.”  And we build bigger closets and larger garages to keep all our personal treasures safe.

The news this summer has been filled with all kinds of disasters – tornadoes and floods, a major bridge collapse, the ongoing rebuilding in Oklahoma and elsewhere.  In these tough situations people suddenly lose homes, possessions, their very lives.  Further— as these stories unfold we learn about the human courage of first responders, generous neighbors, strangers who assist with both money and muscle long after the headlines have faded.

All this personal generosity reminds us of the basic goodness of humanity.  Which invites us to take to heart the words St. Paul addressed to the Colossians centuries ago:  “If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above…not just what is on earth.  When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.”

What personal “stuff” do I cling to?  What does “life with the Lord” look like for me this week?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team