A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
Someone out of the crowd said, “Teacher, order my brother to give me a fair share of the
He replied, “Mister, what makes you think it’s any of my business to be a judge or
mediator for you?”
Speaking to the people, he went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of
greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”
Then he told them this story:
“The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop.
He said to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’
Then he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then
I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve
got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!’
“Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of
goods—who gets it?’
“That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.”
The Good News as spoken through Luke.
(The Message, Eugene Peterson)