8.16 Parable of the Rich Fool
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Jul 16 8.16 Someone in the crowd said, “Teacher, tell my brother to share our inheritance with me.”
Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me your judge or arbiter? Beware of greed, for a man’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.”
Then Jesus told a parable, “The farm of a rich man produced well. Thinking, he said, This I’ll do about crop storage. I’ll pull down my barns, build bigger ones to store these grains and crops. ‘Then I’ll say to my soul, You have much laid up for years. Take rest, eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said, ‘You fool! Tonight your soul is required!’ Whose will these things you are preparing then be?’ So it is with anyone who amasses wealth without being rich towards God.”
July 17 He said to his disciples, “So I tell you, don’t worry1 about your life, food or clothes. Life is more than food, and body more than clothing. Consider the ravens! They do not sow, reap or have stores or barns; yet God feeds them. How much more valuable you are than birds! Who among you by worrying can add a foot and a half to his stature? Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither spin nor weave. Yet, Solomon in all his splendor was never as well clothed. If God so clothes plants2 that come today and are burnt tomorrow, how much more will He clothe you, O faithless ones?
July 18 Don’t worry about what to eat or drink, for these are the things the world runs after, and your Father knows you need them. But seek3 God’s kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
Don’t fear, little flock, for it is your Father's pleasure to give you the kingdom.4 Sell your possession and give alms. Provide yourselves with non-aging purses, an inexhaustible heavenly treasure,5 safe from thief and moth. For your heart will always be where your riches are.