‘The seed sown among thistles represents the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the false glamour of wealth choke it, and it proves barren.’ (Matthew 13.22 REB)
I’m struck by the wording of the REB here: ‘the false glamour of wealth.’
Jesus is talking about distractions that steal our attention from the message God has planted in us. The gospels would seem to suggest that wealth is one of the more potent distractions. It dazzles us with the things it offers – the promises of happiness and pleasure and excitement. But of course, it also makes demands on us. The more we own, the more we have to protect and care for and worry about.
Wealth does seem glamorous in the glossy magazines by the grocery checkout. But most of the people in those photographs are chronically unhappy, and the majority of them seem incapable of forming lasting relationships. They have all the wealth they’ve ever dreamed about, but it hasn’t fulfilled their dreams
“But the seed sown on good soil is the person who hears the word and understands it; he does bear fruit and yields a hundredfold, or sixtyfold, or thirtyfold.’” (v.23). Lord, help us to be that person, and not to be dazzled by the false glamour of wealth. Amen.
(Today’s One Year Bible readings are Genesis 39.1 – 41.16, Matthew 12.46 – 13.23, Psalm 17.1-15, and Proverbs 3.33-35)