Today's gospel begins with “someone in the crowd” asking Jesus to arbitrate a disagreement between brothers. The younger brother seems to want his older brother to distribute the shares of their inheritance rather than keeping the land and farm together. It echoes the many brotherly disagreements in the scriptures; Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph sold into slavery by his brothers and the prodigal son and his brother... another instance of an inheritance causing division. And most of us have family stories about inheritances causing troubles in our families. There always seems to be that one family member more concerned with what they will get than with who they have lost.
But Jesus declines the request, he will not be the arbitrator in this case. But he does use the interruption to share a parable about the dangers of being overly concerned with wealth.