This time of year, I do not wear socks too often. I usually wear sandals in the summer or plain bare feet if I can get away with it. But in the winter I am wearing socks all the time – even to bed. I like to have enough socks so that I do not have to do laundry too often and so that whenever my feet feel cold or wet, I can change socks to feel better right away.
So, this is my sock drawer. I have exercise socks, hiking socks, cozy socks and boring black work socks. This should probably be enough, right? Fifteen pairs of socks would last me a couple weeks. But then I was given some fun socks for Christmas… penguins and snowflakes and stripy ankle socks. And then when Zellers closed, they had lots of good sales on socks that I just could not resist. Now I have LOTS of socks. I have so many pairs of socks that they do not even all fit in my drawer. Now I have three sock drawers and they are all full. This one is even too full to get open. Some people might think that I am rich. Having an excess of socks or food or money can give that impression.
The Bible story today is a parable that Jesus tells to remind us not to busy ourselves accumulating wealth. A farmer had a very good crop and decided to store it away – needing a much bigger barn (or maybe three barns) to keep it all. But could he really eat all that food? Can I really wear all these socks?
Jesus encourages us to share our riches: to give clothes to the homeless shelter, to share food at the Soup Kitchen, and to share the love of God with all our neighbours.