A crowd has gathered to hear Jesus. He was speaking only to His disciples, reminding them that it is not persecution they should fear but the judgment that is coming for all who do not acknowledge the Son of Man before the angels of God. Suddenly a man in the crowd shouts out to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus didn’t answer the man, instead he uses the question to teach what, in the light of the coming judgment, life really consists of. Jesus shares a parable in order to put the spotlight on greed. We are made privy to a man talking to himself. The man was like justifying to his soul that it’s alright to have a good time, since he has already accumulated possessions. His inner self seems to be telling him to put his wealth to more charitable uses. The rich man’s anxiety and work exposes his lack of faith in God’s abundance and care. People often mistake having for being, possession for existence; we forget that God is the giver of all that we have, we exalt the creation rather than the creator.
Jesus calls the rich man a “fool”— illustrating that the material possessions he accumulated won’t bring him eternal happiness. Then the Lord warned that it will be the same “for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.” Addressing his disciples, He said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” (Lk. 12: 22-23)
Today, let us heed the call of Jesus to remind ourselves on what matters most in life. Let us remember that material wealth are the means rather than the end in itself. Life doesn’t consist in possessions but in sharing what is more with others. For whatever has been accumulated, it is meant to be shared to those in need.
If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.