Psalms 48-50; 1 Thessalonians 3

Psalm 49:14-16

This is the way of those who trust in themselves,

and the end of those who take pleasure in their own mouth.

Like a herd of sheep they will be put into Sheol, and Death will shepherd them.

Straight to the grave they descend, where their form will waste away,

Sheol will be their palace.

But God will redeem my life, will take me from the hand of Sheol.

Psalm 49 is a great meditation on the futility of putting one’s trust in riches, instead of putting it in God,  There is nothing inherently evil in the accumulation of wealth: it is when whether you make that your God or not.  We all know with our heads that we are sooner or later leaving this existence and entering the next naked (I assume; an angel may hand you something nice to wear before entering the court room) and empty-handed.  We not all of us believe it in our hearts.  This psalm ties in nicely with today’s Gospel, the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price.

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