Insurance Rich – Premium Poor
Greetings on this the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: WS 9:13-18B; PS 90:3-6, 12-14, 17; PHMN 9-10, 12-17; LK 14:25-33
When I was a young man and establishing my life outside of the family, in a conversation with my Mom I made mention of the different insurances being sold out in the marketplace. Car insurance, renters insurance, health insurance, life insurance, on and on the list went. She listened carefully to my descriptions of each and the relative merits each provides. When I was done she answered simply,
“You don’t want to be Insurance Rich and Premium Poor”.
Insurance Rich and Premium Poor
She went on to explain that there are many insurance products out there. Many more, in fact, than I listed above. But only some do you really need. And even then only in restrained quantities. You don’t want fear to be the primary motivator of your actions. You don’t want preservation of material goods to be your principle concern. Moms can be smart that way.
Rather the focus should be on loftier and more valuable things: relationships and behavior. Jesus offers discipleship that has us not focus on insurance of what we have and how to retain it but rather on that which we can share and bring the Kingdom of God to all in need.
Today’s Gospel Parables are the same message
Jesus compares three things (or four depending on how you count).
- Love of God and Bearing Your Cross
- Building a Tower
- Fighting a War
Jesus makes clear that loving God and bearing your cross is ‘The Way’. Building a Tower and Marching off to war are illusions of insurance. They are really impossible tasks that lead to no good outcome.
Choose – choose wisely. Choose to carry a cross for the Kingdom and the wellbeing of not just your own but for all.