Sermon for Proper 13c 2007

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Today's Gospel speaks of someone from the crowd calling out to Jesus to be a judge between him and his brother in allocating the family inheritance. When placed into the context of the story that preceded this lesson in Luke's gospel, we see quickly that these followers of Jesus have misunderstood his teachings about judgement. We might mistakenly read Jesus' words to conclude he is making a straightforward condemnation against being wealthy – but this is also a misunderstanding. In fact, there are several pitfalls and heresies to avoid when unpacking and interpreting this teaching, but as we do, we understand a subtle truth about those of us who may be "rich in things, but poor in soul".

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