Reading: Luke 12: 16-21
Jesus asks, “Who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” The answer we give to that question can come on the earthly level or on the spiritual level. Jesus is posing a serious question that can be difficult to answer or even to wrestle with.
In terms of possessions, the things requiring bigger barns, our culture has shifted a great deal over the past fifty years. We have gone from a society that cared for our family to the end of life to one that places our loved ones in a facility. We often grew up and then lived in the same town all of our lives and now many young people cannot identify a ‘home town’s because they moved so often. Great, great grandma Ethel’s China hutch that was eyed by many as her life ebbed away now has no value for young eyed. Who would want that old thing? In terms of our possessions, more and more it is about the bank account. People want an inheritance they can spend how they want and on what they want.
To that end we have become a society that accumulates money. Almost all else has become disposable. Thus, for many their security is in how much they have in the bank. Our reality is that we all need money. Each of us requires ‘x’ dollars per day or week based on a number of factors. This is determined by questions such as: ‘how big a house?’, ‘how new a car?’, ‘how often a vacation?’, ‘how many clothes in the closet?’
Looking at Jesus’ question from the spiritual side is a reality check. If we are the recipient as well, are we preparing for life eternal? If we prepare for this well, there is a trickle down affect. The inheritance our children and grandchildren receive is the gift of faith. The answers to the above questions are very different. We see wealth as something we are blessed with so that we can bless others. This holy day, may we wrestle with this side of the question.