Jesus told this parable in the context of a family quarrel over how the inheritance would be divided. The rich farmer’s ultimate goal was to “live comfortably” and he was willing to ignore God’s law to reach it. (The Law stipulated that the poor, the widow and the alien be given access to the fields to glean the extra.)
Questions for Reflection:
- Jesus warns against “all kinds of greed.” How do you known when greed is motivating your actions and decisions?
- Is desiring to “live comfortably” a kind of greed? Why or why not?
- When have you been tempted to “upgrade” when you have more than enough?
- What would you say to someone who suggested that God wants to bless people with “comfortable living”?