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Luke 12:13-53 (New International Version)

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The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." 14 Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" 15 Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."1 16 And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17 He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' 18 "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." ' 20 "But God said to him, 'You fool!2 This very night your life will be demanded from you.3 Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself ?'4 21 "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."5

Do Not Worry

12:22-31pp -- Mt 6:25-33

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.6 And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifea ? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 "Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor7 was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!8 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father9 knows that you need them.10 31 But seek his kingdom,11 and these things will be given to you as well.12 32 "Do not be afraid,13 little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.14 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor.15 Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven16 that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.17 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.18

Watchfulness

12:35,36pp -- Mt 25:1-13; Mk 13:33-37 12:39,40; 42-46pp -- Mt 24:43-51

35 "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.19 I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.20 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief21 was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready,22 because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." 41 Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?" 42 The Lord 23 answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.24 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. 47 "That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows.25 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.26 From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Not Peace but Division

12:51-53pp -- Mt 10:34-36

49 "I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism27 to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!28 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."29
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