Webster’s dictionary defines greed as: “excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.” In today’s gospel Jesus says: “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” We can easily get fixated on a worldly view of life, especially here in the United States, where riches, comfort and possessions are hailed above nearly everything else. The consumer society in which we live tries to sell this mentality, for in doing so they convince consumers to spend more money acquiring possessions. But as Jesus said: “one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
In contrast to the world’s view and the priorities of the consumer society, as followers of Jesus we are to put God’s way first. Following the example of Jesus, who came to serve not be served and to give his life for others, we are called to service and to sharing our blessings. While “things” are important and useful, excessive acquisition of things is precisely what Jesus tells us to avoid in today’s gospel. Be sure to keep a balance in your life and don’t let the consumer mentality dominate your life. We are more then what we have. We are children of God, and ought to bring honor and praise to God, our Father and creator. We bring God honor when we hear Jesus’ call to be His disciple, give our lives entirely over to Him and share in His redemptive mission. Let us avoid greed and serve one another in love. Peace.