Take Care - Be on your guard against all kinds of greed...

Published by Michelle Meeker on Mon, Aug 5, 2019 12:00 PM
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sermon preached at Church of the Good Shepherd, Federal Way, WA

by the Rev. Dr. Roy McLuen, Associate Rector
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13C), August 4, 2019
Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

Aug 4 Sermon - Rev. Dr. Roy McLuen 

Paraphrased by Michelle Meeker (not a direct transcription of the sermon) 

Take Care - Be on your guard against all kinds of Greed; For one’s life does not consist in the accumulation and abundance of property.

For background, one must have some history on the laws of family inheritance in the 1st Century - in Jesus’ time.  When a father died, equal portions of his property were divided between all sons, with one extra portion to be allotted to the eldest son.  Daughters were not considered in this equation because they were given a dowry when married.  

Take Care - Be on your guard against all kinds of Greed; For one’s life does not consist in the accumulation and abundance of property.

In this scripture, the ‘person in the crowd’ request most likely comes from one son not receiving his fair share.  Now, a father could distribute according to whim and change birth order regardless. Which is probably why Joseph’s brothers were so angry and antagonistic towards him being the favorite and possibly set ahead in the line of inheritance.  This can also contribute to troublesome family dynamics issues as well.

Take Care - Be on your guard against all kinds of Greed; For one’s life does not consist in the accumulation and abundance of property.

Jesus’ parables were very carefully constructed - the land of a “rich person… abundantly produced.”  The owner plans to tear down multiple barnS (note the plural); when most folks had not even one shed for storage. And build more larger multiple barns for storing his abundance away for many years; instead of putting it to good use for the benefit of others.

Take Care - Be on your guard against all kinds of Greed; For one’s life does not consist in the accumulation and abundance of property.

When our lives are self-centered; our lives are empty.  Not saying it is bad to be rich as long as resources are used for good purpose.  There is greed of power, fame, prestige, and many other areas to be avoided. Turning richness toward God; utilizing wealth for the aid of others.  Give more than 10% to God. It is what you do with 100% of life that makes one rich in God.  

Take Care - Be on your guard against all kinds of Greed; For one’s life does not consist in the accumulation and abundance of property.

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