The parable of the Rich Fool is one of Jesus’ most memorable parables on the sin of covetousness. It all begins when a man interrupts Jesus about a will dispute after Jesus has set his face steadfastly to Jerusalem. But it seems rather extreme for Jesus to spend a lot of time denouncing this one sin. Isn’t covetousness after all the tenth and last commandment, far back on the list of do’s and don’ts? Yet covetousness interrupts us as we follow Christ. So, what’s the antidote? The cross of Christ!
In Genesis, there’s the famous story of Abraham bargaining God down from judging Sodom and Gomorrah. And his questions to God—“wilt thou judge the righteous with the wicked? Wilt thou not spare the wicked for the sake of the righteous?”—echoes throughout the pages of Scripture and even into our hearts. Yet, God finally answers Abraham, but not in a way that we would imagine. And God’s answers has to do with the Cross of Christ.
Why is it so hard for us to receive gifts for one another? And from God?
We live in a world where everything can happen at the snap of a finger. Does this make us more impatient, less patient people? Yet, Abraham’s story is all about learning the art of waiting well. What can he teach us about waiting in faith, until the end? And what hope can we find in the Eucharist?