Sharing God's Story: Luke 12:13-21
When God comes first in our lives, the things that we have or want are not so important. God gives us good things to share with others.
In this weekend's Gospel reading Jesus tells the crowd a parable. A rich man's lands have yielded more crops than expected. His response is not to consider how he might share all the extra food with others but to wonder how he can possibly store it all. He has what he thinks is a brilliant idea: to tear down his present barns and build larger ones. Then he will have many things stored up for years of eating, drinking, and making merry.
“You fool” is God's response to this man because that very night his life will be taken away. To whom will everything belong then, God asks. The rich man's world is small, just him and his possessions, and now he learns that he is to lose his life. What good are his possessions now? Jesus states the moral of the story. This is how it will be for everyone who stores up treasure for himself or herself but is not rich in what matters to God.
Centuries later St. Gregory the Great taught that when we care for the needs of the poor, we are giving them what is theirs, not ours. We are not just performing works of mercy; we are paying a debt of justice. Life does not consist in possessions but in sharing what we possess with others. The goods of the earth have been given to everyone.
Feast Day: July 26th
This week the Church celebrates the parents of Mary, who was the mother of Jesus. Find out what the Church teaches about her:
In keeping with the theme of the Gospel reading this week, here is a prayer you can use to avoid greed:
Dear God. Thank you that all of us here this morning have enough food to eat and we have nice homes to live in too. Help us not to be greedy. Help us to be people who share what we have with others and put you first. Thank you that real happiness comes from following Jesus and knowing his love. In Jesus’ name – Amen!
As July ends, remember that we have dedicated our prayers this month especially to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus devotion. It can be as simple as praying the short prayer pictured here.
- The riches I store up for heaven include . . .
- I am especially greedy when it comes to . . .
- The richest person I know in the sight of God is . . . because . . .