Proper 13 Yr C—


The Gospel this week addresses “materialism”—how we become obsessed, what we do to secure our “material things”, what we forego when all we do is secure our “material” things. In the gospel, someone in the crowd wants Jesus to act as arbiter in a family dispute about money. Jesus warns of potential for greed and forgetting our relationship with God. The parable ends calling the hoarder a fool. Jesus reminds us to become “rich” in God.

Luke 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, `What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, `Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

From “Hear what God’s Word says. Don’t let selfishness and greed make a monkey out of you.”

Scripture: August 4, 2019 (Proper 13, Year C)—Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23Psalm 49:1-11Colossians 3:1-11; and Luke 12:13-21.

Collect: Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Reflection: The Christian life is one of constant renewal, turning and returning to God. In this season of your life, what would it mean to strip off the old self with its practices and clothe yourself with the new self (Col. 3:9–10)?

Sunday School—out for the summer

Eye Candy: “The Rich Fool” by Jim Janknegt; “Parable of the rich fool” by Rembrandt; “Parable of the Rich Fool” by Bertram Poole.

Ear Worm: “Jesus is waiting” by Al Green: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God” with Pachelbel Canon as background; “Jesus is the rock” (homage to Fr. Mark)

Brain Food: “Rich Food and Divine Wisdom” by Eric Smith; “It’s the name on the front of the jersey that matters” by David Sanchez; “So it is” by Sherry Blezard

Boiler Room” (2000), how does one gain favor with father; “The Poseidon Adventure” (1997), ship owner’s greed leads to disaster; “Three Kings” (1999), creative take on greed during war

Parable of the Rich Fool (Triolet)
To how you live your life, take heed-
“Thy soul shall be required of thee.”
Beware of coveting and greed;
To how you live your life, take heed.

For swift is the Destroyer’s speed;
Your riches, soon the earth’s debris.
To how you live your life, take heed-
“Thy soul shall be required of thee.

~Natalie V. Rankin (2005)

Image “Miser” by Margret Hofheinz-Döring.



Study guide, group activity, snacks—best in a group; each one creates an ice cream sundae. When finished, pass the sundae created to the person on the right




: young elementary: activity; bulletin games; coloring page;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games; game



Could you fit your life in a backpack? Could you live with just 100 things? How does the trend toward minimalism and our desire for real relationship speak to this week’s gospel lesson? Could you (would you) pare your possessions down to 100 things? What would you have trouble leaving behind? Articulate whether this was a difficult or simple challenge and why? What does this say about discipleship? What challenges do we face in our culture?

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