Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

In the Old Testament, Abraham believed that God would make him patriarch of a nation with a long line of descendants. Never mind that Abraham and his wife had reached old age and had no children—for God, no problem! Jesus didn’t think much of a request to arbitrate when a man’s brother refused to share an inheritance. In response, He told a parable of a rich man’s plan to hoard a bountiful harvest and live in leisure for years that he would actually never live to see. Jesus also advised not slacking off when the master of the house might return sooner than expected. Somehow, people observed clouds and wind to forecast the weather, but they failed to judge right from wrong or foresee the consequences. Knowing that the Lord will come back, why would we hope for a better time than now?