Sunday, August 4th, 2013
St Luke’s portrait, painted 1535-37 by PORDENONE
Luke 12:13-21 CEV
“The Parable of the Rich Fool”
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
Then he told them a parable.
“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?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”
What does “The Parable of the Rich Fool” Mean?
It means we must be rich in spirit, not in earthly possessions. You see, we human beings are saddled with the curse of vanity. We want things in the misguided belief that the more we have, the more important we will be! We forget that we can not take “things” with us when we join our Father in heaven. So it is foolish to become too attached to our possessions. God wants us, instead, to give our all to Him…heart, mind,and soul. After all, the meaning and purpose for our lives is never about tangibles. It is only about the eternal!
Here is one who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill, and yet to another who has not labored over it, he must leave property. This also is vanity and a great misfortune. For what profit comes to man from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored under the sun? All his days sorrow and grief are his occupation; even at night his mind is not at rest. This also is vanity.
Ecclesiastes 2: 21-23 CEV
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