St. Paul used Abraham as an example of faith. We would do well to imitate Abraham. Here’s what St. Paul says in today’s first reading from Romans 4: “Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what God had promised he was also able to do.”
In the Gospel reading from Luke 12, Jesus says, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” He then goes on to tell a parable about a very rich man who stored up much, thinking he would find security. But God says to him, “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you.”
It’s easy to fall into the trap of finding security in money and possessions. While it may be prudent to save for the future, we can certainly go overboard with that. We must be as generous as possible in this life. Our real security is in God alone. Accumulating stuff is a dead end street. This parable always reminds me of the old saying: You can’t take it with you.
Father, may we always find our security in you, trusting that you will always provide for us. Amen.
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