Gospel Reading and Thoughts for August 4, 2013

Gospel – Luke 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,heavenly treasures2
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 all who store up treasure for themselves
but are not rich in what matters to God.”


heavenly treasuresWhat do you treasure in your life?  Do you spend too much time keeping up with the Joneses?  Or do you see your precious gems in the eyes of your children?  Do you see your most important gold as the value in your bank account or the gold wrapped around your ring finger?  Do you find your riches in what is parked in the garage or who you drive around town.  We must all keep our priorities focused on God so that when we reach the end of our lives, our full hearts will weigh more than our wallets.

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