Once a famous photographer had an exhibition. Among many visitors there was an equally well-known writer. When they met, the writer said: “I’ve watched your photographs and found them amazingly inspiring: the colours, composition… Every picture is absolutely stunning! You must have had a very good camera!” The photographer politely thanked him for his opinion. A few months later the writer published his new book. Shortly after the photographer appeared and said: “I’ve read your book. Such a cleverly constructed plot, what an accurate analysis of the characters! It was brilliant. You must have had a very good typewriter!”
A few years ago one friend of mine decided to exchange her photo camera. She expected that the new one, much more advanced (and more expensive) would make her photographs much better. She bought the same model as mine and… every time she used the camera she got more and more depressed… Most of the pictures were blurred or out of focus. Finally she decided to sell the camera and to buy another one: a simpler and cheaper one. In a short time she rediscovered the joy of taking photos.
When I read today’s gospel it brings to mind something I came across on the internet. It described Christianity as “an ancient religion which doesn’t allow people to earn money and become rich and enjoy their lives.” I’m absolutely sure that’s not true. Every Sunday the Church gives us three readings: usually the first one and the gospel are connected by a theme, while the second reading offers a different line of thought. So, when we look at today’s first reading we see a man who enjoys wisdom. I think this is the key to understanding the message of today’s gospel.
The problem is not about having possessions. We live in a material world, we have our material bodies and we have to satisfy their needs. You have to think about your families, their current and future needs. This is perfectly understandable. The issue is not about having possessions. The really important question is “What purpose does having these possessions serve?” Just having or owning something does not make us better people. It is how we use these gifts that demonstrate our abilities, our talents and our expertise.