Utter Chaotic Clutter

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 07/29/2016

in Ordinary Time

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time — Cycle C

“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, what shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?” (Lk 12:17)

Readings for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time contain different phrases that caught my attention.  Reading 1 tells us, “All things are vanity.” The response from Psalm 90 gives us a warning, “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” St. Paul gives a motto not only to the Colossians, but to all hoarders and collectors, “Think of what is above not what is on earth.” Finally, Luke reminds us, “…one’s life does not consist of possessions.” With these thoughts in mind, this week I thought perhaps a modern day parable on clutter, might be appropriate.

Utter Chaotic Clutter

There are many people in the world who are rich. Though they are rich in money, rich complain and are sometimes sad. “Saddened! How can they be so rich and not be happy?”
Well, my friend answered,” They say, “I do not have space enough to store my possessions.”
“No truly, I know a very rich woman who one day questioned her husband, “What is in the big wooden box doing in their spacious three-car garage.?” The response was, “Don’t you remember, dear? “We bought a car when we were in Germany.” How sad, how sad! They have everything and more than they can use or store.

Do you ever say, “I do not have space to store:

  • My memorabilia, my trophies,
  • My CD collection and my books,
  • My emergency food supply and
  • My stuff I might use sometime?”

You do not have to be rich to fall into the trap of utter clutter. You probably have heard the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind.” “Don’t worry, be happy.” Or “rest, eat, drink and be merry.”
“You fools!” Who gets the keys to your storage spaces? Who has to clear all those dusty boxes? Who will inherit these treasures of yours? Here’s a worthwhile hint of Jesus. “Begin now storing up treasures in what matters to God.” They will be stored in the heart of our good God and will bring you unbelievable riches.
(Hint) Faith, Hope, Charity, Forgiveness, Mercy, and reconciliation—God’s treasures.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What makes us save and store, yet still buy more?
  2. What are some other virtues treasured by God?
  3. When you reflect upon your own clutter, which virtue will be the first one that God asks you to work upon in your own life?
  4. Who might benefit from a stored item you probably won’t use later?
  5. Are you able to gift-wrap the item? Black garbage bags don’t seem too appropriate for such cherished treasures.


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