Friday, July 30, 2004

more on the rich fool

Here's the thing that finally struck me this morning while wrestling yet again with the lectionary--

Go through the readings from Ecclesiastes (1:12-14m 2:1-7, 11, 18-23) and Luke (12:13-21) and count how many times the word, "I, me, mine, myself" etc. are used.

It's not just about our attachment to material goods. That is just a symptom of the underlying problem--our attachment to self. You can be a "good religious person" and not own much and still be attached to self.

That's a much more satisfying sermon than "we're Americans and we're bad because we have so much stuff."


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