The fact that we have this habit of talking to ourselves about what we would do with such lottery winnings is a great clue that we are in the same boat as the rich fool, when we allow ourselves to play such games.
How did we get into such a state? Genesis 2-3 shows us. First of all, it shows us that Paradise is living life in creative
dialogue with the Creator. The man and woman walk and talk with God in the garden. But one of the creatures intervenes as a rival to God, and the man and woman listen to it instead, placing themselves in rivalry with God. We lose Paradise when our primary dialogue partners become other creatures or ourselves.
But through Jesus the Christ, right at the moment of death, the one thief next to Jesus on the cross, opens his life to dialogue with God and is immediately in Paradise. Isn’t this Paradise? Life in dialogue with God’s desire? Does the situation of the thief on the cross also signal the insight of our second reading from Col 3:3, that this opening up takes a baptismal dying and rising with Christ?