7-31-16 Getting Over Unfairness

August 26, 2016
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669. Parable of the Rich Man, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55520 [retrieved August 26, 2016].

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“Getting Over Unfairness”
by Rev. Chase Peeples
Luke 12:13-21
July 31, 2016, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Who in our computer-driven world hasn’t had the experience of failing to back up important work, photos or music only to have our computer crash?  Even backing our digital things up on “the cloud” doesn’t totally guarantee its security.  After all “the cloud” is not a cloud at all.  It’s just another computer somewhere that can fail.  Like everything else about our existence, our digital “life” is fragile, contingent and easily broken.  When Jesus tells the story of the “rich fool” who lives for himself storing up more grain than he can possibly use, he speaks to the human condition.  Where is our security to be found in an insecure world?

Related quotation:

is given that is not
Taken, and nothing taken
That was not first gift.
The gift is balanced by
its total loss, and yet,
And yet the light breaks in,
Heaven seizing its moments
That are at once its own
and yours.

–Wendell Berry

Bible References

  • Luke 12:13 - 21