By Jim Orcutt, Co-Founder of My Brother's Keeper

These personal reflections on the Monday gospel represent my insight of Christ’s message as viewed through the lens of my life experience. It is my hope that others will be inspired to reflect upon their views as well.
Date: October 21, 2019
October 21, 2019

Gospel LK 12:13-21

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 the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”

Reflection

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?”

Jesus was not about to be drawn into a discussion about how the brothers should decide their father’s wealth.

Instead, He offered sound advice to all who listened.

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.”

So what does life “consist of” that is of value in the eyes of God?

Compassion, generosity, joy and love of neighbor are the virtues that are pleasing to God and also make for a satisfying life.

To make His point, Jesus told a story about a man who built larger barns to store his abundant harvest.

Rich beyond measure, the man said to himself, “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?’

It is sad to think that it never occurred to the man who built larger barns to share any of his wealth with those less fortunate.

In his greed, he robbed himself of the opportunity and great joy that comes from lifting the spirits of those who have so little.

“Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”

“May we arrive in Heaven with empty pockets and an armful of smiles from those to whom we have made known the love of God.”  Unknown



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