On the contrary, the Gospel draws and raises questions from us who barely make it at the height of the recession. Thus, it may be fair to ask, what’s wrong with expanding my farming business. What’s wrong with a frugal minded person hoarding and hiding dollar bills under folded shirts in the closet, stashing away excess food and supplies in pantries and leaving credit cards behind when going to the mall. What’s wrong with saving for the rainy days. What’s wrong with investing in stocks and squirreling away funds for retirement. Should it be a wise idea to do that in times of great uncertainty? And if ever we spend our hard-earned money in a high-end dining on our payday, don’t we deserve that?
The text seems vague because it does not present in greater detail how much is enough or offer a blueprint for an alternative economic system. There is no rule that tells us wether we step over the line or not. But it warns against all greed- the excessive desire for material possession, the disease that has brought this country into a depressing economic collapse.
Possibly, what does the parable mean to people who have limited resources, rely on food stamps and social welfare and completely have no access even to the basic necessities of life and yet, try as best as they can to live faithfully to their calling as Christians? In this context, it sounds differently. I’d like to prod your imagination instead by starting to acknowledge the presence of God in the minutest details of your life and return any blessing by sharing whatever you don’t need to the needy. There is no U-haul behind hearse. The act of giving is the central thread that animates the redeemed life. Amen.