“Do not be afraid, little flock,” Jesus said. “Sell your possessions and give alms.”
With these words, Jesus interpreted his parable from last week about the rich fool, whose land produced abundantly. Jesus invites those of us who have more than enough to downsize and give to people who don’t have enough.
But what is “enough”? Are we reliable judges? Who can offer a trustworthy second opinion?
What fear infects our relationship to money and possessions, esteem and image, power and control, safety and security? Let Jesus into this conversation.
Jesus invited his disciples to recommit themselves to God’s work. Don’t be distracted by life’s inherent risk and uncertainty. Don’t give into apathy or cynicism: God is neither absent, irrelevant, nor unreliable. Truly Christ will come to serve us. The gift and the call go together.
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
715 South Third Street
Clinton, IA 52732
(at the foot of the south bridge)