Readings for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:13-21; Colossians 3:1-11; Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14 & 2:18-26

     The sudden death of Huskers kicker, Sam Foltz, in an car accident is just the latest reminder that life for any one of us could be over in the blink of an eye. That’s a sobering truth. It should prompt each one of us to consider the question: How am I using my time here? Are the things that I’m pursuing worthy of my time and energy? Or are my hours and days spent entirely on matters that have no ultimate, eternal significance?

     Big questions, I know, and convicting as well. But Sunday’s readings offer us needed correction. King Solomon had all the power and riches a person could want. Yet he realized without God in the picture all his ambition was all vanity. “Apart from God who can find enjoyment?” (Ec 1,2) The rich fool in Jesus’ parable thought that his abundant crops and tall grain bins could give him all the peace and security he needed. Beware, all you who lay up treasure for yourselves, but are not rich toward God (Lk 12). In the epistle reading, Paul continues this theme, urging us to set our (baptized) minds on things above. By this he means resisting every urge to sin and embracing a new way of life that is hidden with Christ (Col 3).

Would you describe yourself as spiritually rich or poor? Why?