You Can't Take It With You

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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.”

This parable always reminds me of the old saying: You can’t take it with you. And a joke about that. A very rich man wanted to take it with him, so he instructed his wife to bury him with two suitcases full of solid gold bars. When he got to heaven, St. Peter asked him what was in the suitcases. The man smiled and revealed the contents. St. Peter looked at it and said, "You brought pavement?" Moral of the story: Even if you could take it with you, stuff would be worthless in the Kingdom.

Father, may we always find our security in you, trusting that you will always provide for us. Amen.

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