Sunday 31st July – The Rich Fool and Psalm 107

This Sunday our psalm will be 107. A psalm of rejoicing, below is a version by Poor Bishop Hooper.

Giving thanks is a primary part of our faith. We have much to be thankful for and in the recognition of that, and in giving thanks we become a people more content and more at peace.

Our Gospel reading on Sunday, below, includes the parable of the rich fool. a young man who was far from content or at peace, yet was far from poverty. As a youngest son, he might never own his father’s farm, but neither would he ever be destitute. However rather than giving thanks for all he has, he grumbles about what he hasn’t. Discontent rules his life and his actions, what is more it impacts on those around him.

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.”

Luke 12:13-21

So, wherever you are reading this from, be it within Cumbernauld or further afield why not take a moment to give thanks today. And, if you are close enough, please come along on Sunday at 10am and help us in our rejoicing.

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