Reading: Luke 12: 13-15
The issue of greed is the central focus of today’s reading. One brother asks Jesus to help him get his share of his father’s estate. We do not know his status – rich, poor, comfortable, in deep need. Nor do we know his brother’s situation. Jesus does not seem to care about this. He aims right at a huge issue in the day and probably for these brothers: greed. This focus may or may not be related to the man’s request for his share of the inheritance.
Greed us certainly an issue still today. So Jesus’ teaching on greed is still very relevant today. It always will be so. Just as the brother is warned to be on their guard against greed, we too are warned. We must be on our guard against greed because it can so easily become consuming of our focus and attention.
In the parable Jesus is clear that greed is not the possessing of things but in being possessed by what we have or what we lust after. It is entirely possible to have much and be possessed by none of it. We can be richly blessed and be very generous in offering what we have when a need arises. But it is hard. To attain wealth takes some time and effort, therefore we tend to develop an attachment to our wealth. This is hard especially in our culture. The main message of society is more, more, more. Society encourages us to own or have as much as we can. This easily leads to the mindset of greed.
So Jesus is right to warn us of greed. We must be on our guard to not be drawn into being possessed by what we possess or desire to possess. To do so our focus must be on Christ and the treasures of His kingdom. This is the true inheritance we must seek. It is the only inheritance that matters. Our possessions do not secure our future. It is our relationship with Jesus Christ that secures our future. He is the only way, truth, and life. May we do all we can to seek Jesus as our all in all. Holy Spirit work in us this day to set Jesus as our all in all.