Jesus talks a lot about money in the Gospels.
Sometimes this doesn’t seem like good news! We end up feeling guilty for having or wanting money.
In yesterday’s reading from the Gospel of Luke, Jesus warns those who store up treasures for themselves while not being generous towards God. Does this mean we shouldn’t have savings accounts? I don’t think so. I don’t think Jesus wants us to be poor – though I think he wants us to care for the poor.
I think Jesus wants us to remember that money’s not too much to ask for – it’s too little.
‘This very day your life is being demanded of you’, he says in the parable he tells his listeners. When everything’s at stake, money doesn’t matter. Love does. It’s the only thing that matters. That’s why it’s the most powerful and valuable thing in the world.
And the source of love is God. That’s Good News.
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, `What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, `Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
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