Monday: October 19, 2020
Reference text: Luke 12:13-21
Luke 12:19 Then I will say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!”
Other than the final set of recommendations, the rich man in today’s Gospel cannot be really faulted. On paper, he did exactly what anyone in his position would have done: thinking of the future and his crop yield he realised that he did not have enough storage room. So to reduce wastage, he tears down his old barns and expands the new builds. He deserved applause.
Yet, when God shows up, he calls him a fool. This description interestingly, does not come after the decision to rebuild his barns, but after he uttered the words ‘my soul, you have all you need, rest, eat, drink and make merry’. God stood from a distance watching and asked: ‘What about me?’ Every single thing highlighted was body or flesh focused: ‘eat, drink, rest, make merry’, there was simply no room for God.
Beloved, the flesh and the spirit are at loggerheads because each has no interest in sharing what they possess: they each present one statement of intent ‘all of me or nothing to do with me’. I just wish you’d ponder on these words as inferred from the parable today:
What sustains the life that has no room for the author of life?’