Purse Or Spirit?
Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture Summary Luke 12:15
There's an amusing little story about a formerly wealthy man who was down on his luck. One day, the pastor of his church spotted him sitting on a park bench, shabbily dressed and wearing a scruffy beard. "What happened to you Bob," the preacher asked. "You used to be rather well off."
Bob told of a hard luck story including several bad investments and the loss of his business. "Go home," the pastor said, "and open your Bible at random, stick your finger on the page and there will be God's answer to your trouble."
Some months passed and again the preacher spotted the man in the park -- only this time he was dressed in an expensive suit, was wearing a fine watch and had a fancy sports car parked nearby. "Bob," said the Pastor, "I'm so glad to see you back on your feet."
"Yes," said the man, "and I owe it all to you! You see I opened my Bible just like you said, put my finger down on the page and there was the answer -- Chapter 11."
In today's Gospel Lesson, Chapter 12 of Luke's Gospel, Jesus says to the crowd, "Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man's life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs" (Lk. 12:15). Jesus then speaks a parable about a wealthy farmer whose abundance is running over -- a man who we might say is "spiritually bankrupt." His harvest has been so good that there is no place left to store the grain. He thinks to himself, "What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops" (One can almost see him looking over his broad acreage and saying, "It's mine! It's all mine!"). Then the rich man says to himself, "You have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time." But God says to him, "Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of [...]