Collect for the Week
your Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen APBA p.593
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 12: 13-21
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he 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.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
GOSPEL Reflection : Contributed by Rev’d Sandra
Jesus is teaching that life is worth more than an accumulation of material goods. The most important thing is our relationship with God.
Jesus says that the good life has nothing to do with wealth – the truly good life is about living in a close relationship with God and doing God’s work. He points out in the parable of the rich fool that the wealthy farmer has selfishly hoarded his crops with the result that rather than give away his surplus, he ends up not even His whole attitude was the very reverse of Christianity. Instead of sharing, the rich fool in the parable aggressively affirmed himself. Instead of finding happiness through generosity and giving, he tried to conserve it by keeping and hoarding.
Jesus is saying “Concentrate your life in obeying God’s will and reap the joy of contentment in your soul. Accumulating things which by their very nature cannot last is not the way to happiness.” These things have to be left behind when we leave this earth. He teaches that the things we can take with us is the joy in our souls that we gain from being generous and living in right relationship with God.
FINAL PRAYER APBA P568
Living God, Judge of us all,
you have placed in our hands the wealth we call our own:
through your Spirit give us wisdom,
that our possessions may not be a curse,
but a means of blessing in our lives.
Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.