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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
Ecclesiastes 1:2;2:21-23; Psalm 90:3-6,12-14,17; Colossians 3:1-5,9-11; Luke 12:13-21

Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 12:15

Often, in our culture, being “somebody,” means being rich and famous. Or, at the very least, being very athletic, entertaining or talented. By those standards, I suppose most of us would be regarded as nobodies.

Unfortunately, we all fall into the trap of measuring other people's worth through externals -- focusing on superficial values. One example is an enormously popular web site that is devoted exclusively to the "net worth" of celebrities. The site's editors boast that every day they "are cited or quoted in some major newspaper, magazine or television show around the world." Among the many presumed points of interest on the site are articles about celebrities’ multi-million-dollar mansions, astronomical salaries of professional athletes, automobiles belonging to certain musicians that cost more than the average home, and other telling tidbits about the financial comings and goings of the rich and famous. The sad fact is there is nothing new or surprising about the fascination millions hold for this web site or others like it -- or reality TV shows and major motion pictures that are all pushing the same message: Happy are the RICH!

Jesus says, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."

Why is it then that our present age is so deeply immersed in materialism? Why is our society seemingly more interested in the things only money can buy than in the values and experiences money cannot buy? Why is our Christian Religion so thoroughly debased by people who proudly proclaim how much money they have been making since they took Christ in as a business partner? "Look at me," they say. "I once was a poor and sinful man. Then I let Christ come into my life and not only did He forgive me my sins, but He also showed me how to make money. What utter blasphemy! When a man or woman takes Christ in as a member of the firm, Christ is not being glorified, He is being exploited.

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