Gospel of Luke 12:13-21 Reflection:
The gospel today is another one of those practical gospels that shows that Jesus has great insight into human thinking. A man arrives and asks Jesus to settle a row over money between him and his brother. Jesus refuses and tells the man to go and sort it out justly.
Then he uses the incidence to warn us against avarice and greed: he tells the parable of the man who has a big harvest and builds more barns to hold it all. That night God calls him home to heaven.
We are always thinking that financial security will make us secure. In other words, we still have a tendency to look to material things for our security. This is natural because we are human beings and food and warmth are aspects of our lives that we feel need to be looked after now.
But Jesus is telling us that there is a higher security, the security of trusting in God and in knowing that God is in control of all. He bore witness to this even to the point of death, which I suppose, is what every martyr had done all through the ages.