Why Not Ask Him?

Luke 12:13-21 – The 11th Sunday after Pentecost – for Sunday, July 31, 2016

“Someone from the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’” (Luke 12:13)

Ask.2The guy elbowed through the crowd to the front. He had to ask his question; it had been burning in his gut for days.

At the first opportunity, he shouted the question. He didn’t need to shout, since Jesus stood a few steps away. And it hardly sounded like him, with his voice hoarse and shaky. Blame it on adrenaline. Blame it on the crowd’s noise. Blame it on his fear that this might be his only shot for an answer.

“Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

The guy, fist closed, the thumb angled right like a flag blowing in a strong breeze, gestured toward the person next to him . . .

His brother. Continue reading →