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Readings for Sunday 12th August

The Parable of the Rich Fool

1st Reading:

Psalm 62

For God alone my soul waits in silence;

    from him comes my salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

    my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

How long will you assail a person,

    will you batter your victim, all of you,

    as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?

Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.

    They take pleasure in falsehood;

they bless with their mouths,

    but inwardly they curse.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,

    for my hope is from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my deliverance and my honour;

    my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;

    pour out your heart before him;

    God is a refuge for us.

Those of low estate are but a breath,

    those of high estate are a delusion;

in the balances they go up;

    they are together lighter than a breath.

Put no confidence in extortion,

    and set no vain hopes on robbery;

    if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

Once God has spoken;

    twice have I heard this:

that power belongs to God,

    and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.

For you repay to all

    according to their work.

2nd Reading

Luke 12. 13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ And he said to them, ‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’ Then he told them a parable: ‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.’


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