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Caring Is Everything

... for a man s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs
Luke 12:13-21

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Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 12:15


When Victoria, Queen of England, stayed at her summer residence, she enjoyed dressing in simple clothes (so that she would not be recognized) and taking long walks through the woods. On one such occasion, she was caught in a heavy rainstorm. Noticing an old cottage, she ran toward it seeking shelter. In the cottage an old peasant woman lived alone. The queen greeted her and asked if she might borrow an umbrella. She added that she would see that the umbrella was returned as soon as possible. The old woman had no idea that she was in the presence of the queen. Therefore, she answered grudgingly, "Well, I have two umbrellas. One is very good -- almost new. I have used it very little. The other is quite old and worn. You may borrow the old one. The new one I will not lend, for who knows whether or not it would be returned to me?" Whereupon, she gave the queen the old torn and battered umbrella with the spokes sticking out on all sides. The queen thought to herself, "With this kind of weather, a bad umbrella is better than nothing at all," and accepted it politely. The next morning a servant in royal livery arrived at the cottage and returned the umbrella to the peasant woman. When the servant thanked her in the name of Queen Victoria, the old woman was mortified. Feeling much remorse at not having offered her queen the very best she had, she cried out, "If only I had known! Oh, if only I had known!"

A man "who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God" is a "fool," Jesus says to His disciples in today's Gospel Lesson. He tells them a parable about a wealthy farmer whose harvest has been so plentiful that there isn't room enough to store the grain. "What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops," the rich man says. "I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my grain and my goods in them, [...]

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