Rich Fools

The Rich Fool: Rembrandt van Rijn

Jesus teaches us not only that riches are to be despised, but that also they are full of danger. They are the root of seducing evils and deceive the blind human mind by hidden deception. God rebukes rich fools who think only of their earthly wealth and boast in the abundance of their overflowing harvests. He says, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be which thou hast pro­vided?” The fool was rejoicing in his supplies when he would die that very night; one whose life was already failing was thinking about the abundance of his food. However, the Lord tells us that those who sell all their possessions and distribute them for the poor become perfect and complete. In so doing, they lay up treasures for themselves in heaven. He says that those who follow Him…and aren’t entangled by worldly possessions…accompany their possessions which they send to God. For such a reward, let us all prepare ourselves, learn to pray, and discern from our prayers what we should become, …for He promises that all things will be added to those who seek God’s kingdom and righteousness.

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