All Kinds of Greed

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“Be on your guard against all kinds of greed,” Jesus says.
Kinds…

When I ponder greed,
I think of
Storing,
Hoarding,
Conniving,
Extracting,
Plundering.

These are true to form.

But also…

Is there a kind of greed in living so thoroughly in the future,
that today is plundered of its own purpose,
its worthwhileness,
its sense of now?

Greed and Power go hand in hand, so
the will to survive and
the anxiety for there to be a tomorrow
are certainly not the same.

But what if we view the present moment only as a means to an end?
What if…
we dismiss it?
we subordinate it?
we extract from it?

For some amorphous arrival in some amorphous, not yet future…

In order to build bigger barns,
we tear down the ones right in front of us.

“Be on your guard against all kinds of greed,” Jesus says.
All kinds.

Renee Roederer

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he 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 toward God.” -Luke 12:13-21

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