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Parable of the rich fool

Gospel reading: Luke 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed Me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then He said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then He told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods 19and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himselfbut is not rich in what matters to God.”


Take care to guard against all greed. The Gospel is very appropriate for modern society. We live in a consumeristic, materialistic society. We assess the value of a person according to what the person possesses. We treat people according to their PERAsonality. But in the Gospel Jesus tells us, “One’s life does not consist of possessions.”

In our society and in much of the world as well, precisely because people think that what they are is what they have, people succumb to greed. They care only for themselves and their possessions, just like the rich man with a bountiful harvest. While such people consider themselves maswerte, God calls the rich man in this parable “fool.”

Let us not be fools. Let us seek to become rich in what matters to God.

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