“And [Jesus] said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15
Today’s Gospel reading features a parable by Jesus which may make some of us a bit uncomfortable. It’s about being rich in resources, but poor in everything else. In fact, Jesus’ words invite us to reevaluate what in life lived right now (and life lived eternally) makes us truly wealthy.
Music For the Day
Sunday’s readings wrestle with the ideas of wealth, work, and where true value lies. We share this wisdom in the second verse of this hymn of the day: “As you, Lord, have lived for others, so may we for others live. Freely have your gifts been granted; freely may your servants give.”
The Worship Song for this Sunday focuses on the source of our life—God, the good giver of all things. Through Jesus we are given strength, purpose, freedom, forgiveness, and the power to rise and bless God’s holy name in all we do.
For Further Reflection
Our Gospel story from Luke 12:13-21 invites us to wrestle with the question of priority, perspective, and riches. Our Biblical witness also invites us to ask about the temporary things in life.
When you examine your life, what would be listed as fleeting?
When you examine your life, what would be listed as lifelong?
What do you treasure? How is God part of the very things you treasure the most?