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Am I wasting my time on the wrong things ?

Yesterday we took the time to understand the background and culture of the reading of Luke 12:13.  “Someone in the crowd said to him, (Jesus), ‘Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.'”  This person is asking Jesus to be the mediator we chatted about.  But how did Jesus respond?

First, let’s take a closer look back in time:
The peasants of this Mediterranean society believed that all that exists ~ already exists ~ and has been distributed accordingly.  If you grew in your wealth, your health, your honor, etc.  then you have taken this at someone else’s loss.  Essentially you were a thief.  If you actively thought about it and took the steps necessary to obtain more for yourself, then you were considered GREEDY.  Stop and think:  How does this contrast with how our society accepts us growing in possessions, power, wealth, etc.

Jesus probably did not want to fall into this trap nor does he desire you or anyone else to fall into this trap.   Jesus humbly turns down this offer to be mediator. Jesus teaches him how he is wasting his energy on the wrong things, there is something more important. Jesus instead teaches him and us with the Parable of the Rich Fool to “take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

Tomorrow we will reflect more on the dangers of being “Possessed by Possessions”.

Peace & Goodness,
Susie
room4teens

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U thot your fight with your brother was bad – check this….

In ancient Mediterranean families -the fighting btwn bros- could result in major family feuds (and not like the old TV show) for decades to come. These were blood battles worse than the Hatfields and McCoys. Think of Jacob and Esau (Gen 27) and even Joseph with his eleven brothers (Gen 27). Often these major fights were all over the family’s $$$$$$. Sharing it, spending it, inheriting it. What’s worse – division of inheritance wasn’t even consistent. Say a dad dies, in Roman law a division of inheritance was required only if both parties wanted it. Jewish laws allowed the division on the petition of a single son (see Luke 15:12). Dividing up the family’s $$ easily gave rise to these major battles.

This ancient society found a way to prevent such blood feuds by creating the role of the “mediator”. This was a highly honorable role in this culture. The mediator was a kins-person at least 5 links removed from the disputing parties. (Think we could even find such a person in our own families today?). And get this; the mediator was a person who the battling siblings were willing to listen to and even be ok with his decision as the final decision. This was usually because of the mediator’s personality, status, respect, influence or other characteristics, Guess who was the BEST MEDIATOR of all times. This Sunday (18th in ordinary time) we will be reading Luke 12:13-21. We hear of Jesus in just such a role. Imagine having Jesus as mediator when you are trying to settle major disagreements in your world. Where do you think he would stand? Till tomorrow….. Ciao

room4teens starts Blogging

Hello ~
Room4Teens responds to all the request to bring the email listserve to the international world of Blogging.
Peace and love to all of you who have wanted to share our path and journey and have prayed for, supported and encouraged this leap to the Blog.

Peace,
Susie