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Everybody's Doing It!

**Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul** (Luke 12:20).
Ecclesiastes 1:2;2:21-23; Psalms 95:1-2,6-9; Colossians 3:1-5,9-11; Luke 12:13-21

Sermon Topic God: rule of

Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 12:20


Once upon a time there was a king who had everything the world had to offer -- all that money could buy, plus absolute power over his people. But despite all the money and power and prestige he possessed, he had a major problem. He was not happy. And so he summoned the wisest of wise men in all his kingdom and asked them to provide him with a solution to his problem. "I want to be happy," he said. "I command you to tell me how to achieve happiness!"

After consulting with one another, the wisest of all the wise men in the kingdom came up with a solution to the king's problem. "You must find a truly happy man in your kingdom, take his shirt from him and wear it yourself. Then, you too will be happy."

So the king dispatched his elite horsemen to every corner of the kingdom in search of a truly happy man and, eventually, they found one. The trouble was, he didn't own a shirt.

Today's Gospel Lesson includes a familiar parable of Jesus in which a wealthy farmer has an abundant harvest which creates a problem for him: What to do with all the grain? What to do with all the things the income from the grain has purchased?...

He says to himself, "I'll tear down the barns and I'll build bigger barns, and I'll fill my bigger barns with all the grain and with all my other things. And then I'll say to myself, 'You finally have the security you've worked so hard to achieve. So relax! Take it easy! Eat, drink and have fun!'"

God says to this wealthy farmer, "You fool! What good is all the grain? What good are all these things, for tonight you will die!"

That's today's story from the Lord Jesus ... simple ... direct ... straightforward. Traditionally, it has been called, "The Parable of the Rich Fool," and since most of us are neither rich nor fools, we may be thinking to ourselves that it has nothing to do with us. Consequently we need to remind ourselves that all [...]

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