7/31/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 12:13-21
13 Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
14 He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
15 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.”
16 Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
17 He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
18 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
19 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!”’
20 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?’
21 Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”
7/31/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection: Luke 12:13-21
If you were to appear before God today, what will God tell you? Would He say, “Great job!” or would He say, “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you”.
The parable of the rich fool is inviting us to reflect on our priorities in life. We have heard of some people who worked so hard to accumulate wealth only to die either in suicide or bankruptcy. Also, there are those who became wealthy but their families were in total ruins. There is indeed such a thing as indirect proportion in the use of time. The more time devoted to work or business, the less time spent with loved ones.
Actually, Jesus is not against the accumulation of wealth. What He is telling us is to guard against greed.
The problem with the “rich fool” in the parable is that he received a great blessing for his hard work but it never occurred to him to share it. He did not know or maybe he just forgot that any resource he has is given from above though we worked hard for it. Let us learn to share our treasure with others especially the needy. After all, we cannot bring with us any centavo to the other world.
In Luke 9:25, Jesus said, “What profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?” What a better way to illustrate this rhetorical question than to relate the parable above. Let us work hard but let us not forget share the fruits of our labor. In this way, He will never call us foolish but instead open the gate of heaven for us.