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Don't Be a Fool!

Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul
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 12:20

Once upon a time, there was a king who had everything the world had to offer. But despite all the money, power, and prestige he possessed, he had a significant problem. He was not happy. And so, he summoned the wisest of wise men in his kingdom and asked them to provide him with an answer to his problem. "I want to be happy," he said. "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. "We believe you must find a truly happy man in the kingdom, take his shirt from him and wear it yourself. Then, you too will be happy."

So, the king dispatched his elite equestrians to every corner of the kingdom, searching for 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 be happy. Then I'll say, '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 the wealthy farmer, "Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?" (Luke 12:20).

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 think that it has nothing to do with us. Consequently, we need to remind ourselves that all of Jesus' parables are about the Kingdom of God, ultimately -- the Rule of [...]

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