Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Ecc 1:2; 2:21-23
Col 3:1-5, 9-11
Lk 12:13-21


Ever since I first heard the phrase as a little girl, I have wondered whether those with monetary wealth could be poor in spirit. Today's readings remind me of where I found what I believe to be the two ingredients of being “poor in spirit;” faith and generosity. This year, I had the unique opportunity to travel with USD students and university ministers on Tijuana Spring Breakthrough. While in Tijuana, we were welcomed into the community in a number of ways, but the moments that I consider to be most pivotal in my life are visiting Casa del Migrante and staying with our host family. Casa del Migrante serves as a temporary home for men who have recently been deported from the United States. One man I spoke with told me, "I'd like to focus on what's ahead. I know that God has a plan and that I will one day be with my family again." I remember that man because of his immense faith and the sentiment that is reflected in the second reading when Paul says, "Think of what is above, not of what is on earth."

Another experience that I look back on fondly is the time I spent with my host family. From the moment Cassandra and I met our host family, we were met with generosity and love. They welcomed us into their homes, let us spend time with their children, and cooked us delicious meals. In the Gospel, Jesus tells a story of a man driven by greed; "Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God." When I think of those in my life who truly are "rich in what matters to God," I feel blessed to have met my host family. The faith and generosity I found in the people of Tijuana opened my eyes to what it means to “poor in spirit,” how to work towards it in my own life, and how I can see it in other people.

-Alex Annen '18