"But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that." (1 Timothy 6:8)
What do you think of on hearing "content"? Do you think of what is in something - like the ingredients or content? Or do you think of the "table of contents" for the last book you read? What about being "content" with what we have? One definition is "satisfied" a "state of peaceful happiness." In some ways this raises an interesting question - are you content ("satisfied" and "at peace") with the "table of contents" of your life.
The Scripture readings are about both types of "content." Jeremiah is saying, to the exiles, it is safe to buy - have more "contents." (Jeremiah 32:15) Paul is reminding Timothy "we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out." (1 Timothy 6:7-8) Paul is also pointing out how not being content, having a "love of money" is "the root of all kinds of evil." (v. 10) The Gospel reading is Jesus pointing out Moses, the prophets and needs of others has not gotten the attention of the rich man or his family. (Luke 16:29) The question Jesus raises is if they will listen to a person who "rises from the dead." (Luke 16:31) Jesus is telling the rich man they probably won't but he is asking us.
So..... Can we be "content" with where we are OR are we listening to God? Are we growing, learning, strengthening - basically living our faith and sharing? Reaching out, with God's Love, and doing what God is calling us to do? Are we "content" with the "contents of our lives" or can we grow - in our faith and in giving and sharing? Something interesting to be thinking about..........
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