Every once in a while it is healthy for us to share in a bit of “humble pie.” While most of us would rather hear the comforting words of the 3rd Chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes, we are presented with the challenging words regarding the consequences of vanity from the 1st and 2nd Chapters! Pride in work, family and moral/intellectual uprightness are meant to be kept within a humble perspective, never to be inflated nor taken for granted.
The parable Jesus shares with the crowd (Luke 12:13-21) in response to a man in the crowd shouting, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me,” illustrates a boldness that reveals an unhealthy familial relationship and a lack of trust in others to do what is right and just. Needless to say, we sometimes see people, at the time of a death in the family, do things that are not motivated by love, but rather are compelled by greed. The parable confronts the contrast of passing human treasure with the richness of being inheritors of the eternal kingdom.
O God, the giver of every gift that endures, only by your grace can we rightly understand the wonder of life and why it is given. By the word of your Son challenge our foolishness, confront our greed, and shape our lives to the wisdom of the Gospel.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings.