Life can be found in becoming rich toward God. To make this point Jesus tells a parable commonly labeled “The Rich Fool.” One man’s fields produce a bumper crop, so he tears down his barns and builds bigger ones, and relaxes into a comfortable retirement. Living the American dream, no? Except that very night his soul is required of him, and God asks of him the poignant question, “these things you have amassed, whose will they be?”
The man in the parable was a fool because he had been allured by wealth’s siren song of self-sufficiency. He had no need of God or others. He had even foolishly deluded himself into believing that his soul was his own. This week’s lesson is a call to wake up and realize the beguiling power of wealth and to invest ourselves and our resources wisely in building relationships with God and with our neighbors. Wake up!
St. Paul’s News and Notes: Thoughts and prayers are extended to the family and friends of Ruth Sanders who died this past week. Healthy Congregations workshops are being held throughout the Synod. Cost $25. Register by August 9. Women of St. Paul’s are collecting items for LWR School Kits. St. Paul’s Quilters continue to meet every Monday at 9 a.m. All are invited to pick up a copy of Introducing the Missional Church, and read it along with people throughout the Synod. Discussion questions are available. Have you discovered Faith Five? Give it a try today.