Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15: In spite of his prophecies of the destruction of Judah, Jeremiah buys his cousin’s field and proclaims God’s word that people will again buy property in the land of Judah.
OR Amos 6:1a, 4-7: Amos proclaims that those who live in comfort and wealth, without grief over the destruction of God’s people, will be the first to go into exile.
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16: God promises refuge, protection and long life to those who trust in God.
OR Psalm 146: A call to trust in God rather than influential people, for God protects and saves those who are marginalised, excluded, poor and suffering.
1 Timothy 6:6-19: Followers of Christ are encouraged to be content with what they have, not to strive after wealth, and to share generously with others.
Luke 16:19-31: Jesus tells a parable about a wealthy man who failed to share with the poor beggar outside of his gates, and who finds himself in torment after death, while Lazarus, the beggar, finds himself in comfort.