A reflection for Advent

I didn’t write this, but I wish I had.

A young man called out to Jesus from the crowd and said, “Teacher, command the trustee of my father’s will to give me my share of the inheritance!” Jesus replied, “I am not a lawyer or a judge—why should I get involved?” Then Jesus told everyone, “Guard yourself from every form of trying to get more in the world. When you finally get everything you want and more, then you finally realize too late that stuff is not what life is about.”

“There was an entrepreneur who ran his own business. One year, he did exceptionally well, and found that his business had outgrown his little store. So he was contemplating what he would do with his surplus profit, so, talking to himself, he said, ‘I know! I will rent a larger store, hire a couple of employees and the business will practically run itself! Then, over a few years I will have a tidy nest egg stored up and I’ll say to myself, “You have found the good life. Now it’s time to relax, and enjoy your retirement.”’ In that instant, however, God’s voice spoke to the man, ‘You are such an idiot. This very night your life is to be taken from you. So who will enjoy what you are planning?’ This is what happens to a person who works for himself and his family, but who never gives to God by giving to the poor.”…

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2 Responses

  1. That is always something worth remembering. Whenever I consider making more money, one of the first thoughts that comes into my head is “Then I can give more.” I’m not bragging. It’s a natural state of the heart when you have little and have been given much. The fact that I don’t have much to give is a constant struggle with me.

  2. That is always something worth remembering. Whenever I consider making more money, one of the first thoughts that comes into my head is “Then I can give more.” I’m not bragging. It’s a natural state of the heart when you have little and have been given much. The fact that I don’t have much to give is a constant struggle with me. But I try to give out of whatever I have, however small.

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