Gospel: Luke 12:13-21

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, ”Teacher, tell my brother to give me my share of our inheritance.”  Jesus replied, ”Friend, who has set me up as your judge or arbiter?”  Then he said to the crowd, “Avoid greed in all its forms, for your life is not made more secure by what you own, even
when you have more than you need.”

Jesus then told them a parable in these words: “There was a rich man who had a good harvest.  ‘What shall I do?’ he asked himself. ‘I have no place to store my harvest.’ ”

” ‘I know!’ he said.’I will pull down my grain bins and build larger ones.  All my grain and goods will go there.  Then I will say to myself: You have blessings in reserve for many years to come.  Relax!  Eat heartily, drink well. Enjoy yourself.’ ”

“But God said to him, ‘You fool!  This very night your life shall be required of you.  To whom will all this piled up wealth of yours go?’  This is the way it works with people who grow rich for themselves instead of growing rich in the sight of God.”

The Good News as spoken through Luke.

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