Source of all kinds of evil

18 Apr

There is a scripture that says Money is the root of all kinds of evil.  People make fun of the scripture and treat is lightly, but the more I live the more I find the truth of it.  Money can be such a source of blessing when it is used generously, but so often we are a covetous world.

How many times have you hear of a families fight over an inheritance/will; my mother’s family did.  That is where this scripture text begins.  Spoiler alert; the guy does not get the answer he wants from Jesus.

Saturday,  The freedom from covetousness     Luke 12:13-34

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to  divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16 Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17 And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have   ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

22 He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear

23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

As I read this text again I have just finished moving all my possessions into my parent’s house. (even though Dad is gone, it will always be the house that he built).  I have tried to clean out, give away, lighten my load, but I find myself unwilling to give away some things.  Like the dress I wore to my brother’s wedding (4 sizes too small) or the suit that my mother worn in the 50s (5 sizes too small) or bins and bins of fabric waiting for sewing inspiration.  I don’t think it is a bad thing to enjoy “stuff”, but I think we have to keep on the watch that it doesn’t own us.  (I am willing to share my fabric!)

I think it is always a good idea to think about what we really desire; what occupies our mind; what gets our hearts races.  The truth is that the Divine want to be that thing.  Wants to have our heart and mind and soul extravagantly center in the presence of the Eternal.  And the other truth is that that is the most whole and holy way to live.  Peace


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