Pentecost 13(RCL): The Eye of the Navel
Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107: 1-9, 43, Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21
It would seem that babies remember some things and not others. It takes a bit a time, but once they reach there it would appear there is an endless fascination for the things that they can do "all by themselves".
Gee whiz..... I can stick my finger in the air.... look at my finger! I can stick my finger in my mouth! I can stick my FIST in my mouth! I can stick my FOOT in my mouth. I'm hoping you're getting my drift. Sure, they are learning about the infinately tiny corner of their own world. Let's say they progress on the relative curve and learn to walk. Wobbly at first, with a great deal of cushion control by the Pampers...... yet....... when they grow up, do they remember who held their fingers or armpits while they were making those historical steps. Probably not.
One can only hope, as God did, in the first text, that it would dawn on the peoples He had nurtured that there would be some remembrance with gratitude. The Psalmist tells us to heed the words: LET THOSE WHO ARE WISE remember these things and the steadfast love of the Lord.
Luke, the storyteller gives us a picture of greed as applicable then as now. There is someone with abundant wealth. Gee, what can I do with it all?
Like the child whose world is small, the rich person can make their own being, their own navel the center of the world.
Time and again calls us out of that "ME, ME, and MORE ME" phase into a bigger world. Sure, the rich landowner can build more storehouses.... and they grain could rot in them. OR he could take his sights away from his navel into the big, marvelous world that is NOT his alone.... and distribute the grain amoung many. Perhaps God made ostriches to stick their heads in a dent, but we were made for bigger things! Let's make the choice to grow into them! Amen and Amen
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