1 Samuel 1-3
In our reading today we have the backdrop of the birth of Samuel, and the spiritual atmosphere of the leadership at the Temple. Eli was at best a very weak priest who allowed his two sons who were also priests, to practice ungodliness in their duties as priests. Even after being warned by a prophet, Eli weakly warned his sons but did nothing to stop them and because of his failure to act, he was judged by God. Not just him but his whole house was judged. The bright spot in our reading by far was the birth of Samuel who eventually became known by all of Israel as the prophet of God.
In today’s reading Jesus addresses covetousness in the believer. There is nothing wrong with having material things, in fact God wants to bless us with such things if we have our priorities right. In the parable of the rich fool, the fool was prosperous but he was not rich toward God and only laid up treasure for himself. Jesus encourages us to seek the kingdom and all these things will be added to us. Jesus instructed us to tithe (Matthew 23:23). Jesus also said that when we give to the poor that we are providing for ourselves a source of treasure in the heavens that will not fail (Luke 12:33). He went on to say where our treasure is, is where our heart will be also.