November 18, 2012

For your advanced reading and contemplation, the texts for Sunday are Luke 12:13-21 and Matthew 23:23-24.  In Luke's passage, Jesus tells the parable of the "Rich Fool."  He had much, but not enough room to store all his goods.  So he tore down his barns and built bigger ones to store all his stuff.  The tragedy of the story is that when he finished, he died.  Those who came after him squandered all he had gained.  In Matthew's passage, Jesus warns the scribes and Pharisees who come to the temple carrying the tithes from their herb garden—mint, dill, cumin.  This would have amounted to about a thimble's worth.  They did this while neglecting the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, faithfulness.