MY DEAR FRIEND, wealth in itself is a good thing (cf. Prov.3:9, 10:22), but when used in a disordered manner, often gives one a false sense of security and control of one’s life (cf. Eze.28:1-5, Deu.32:27-30, Mat.19:23-24, 1Tim.6:9-10). But are we, and our resources, and all that are ours not made possible by God? (cf. Joh.1:3-4). We must therefore understand that it is idolatry when who we are, and what we have begins to interfere with God’s role and place in our life, for there will be consequences! (cf. Exo.20:1-3, Eze.28:2,6-10, 1Cor.6:9, Rev.22:15, Mat.19:23-24).
Let us then like Peter and the disciples, free ourselves from inordinate love of material things which cannot save us, and cling humbly and firmly to the Lord who gives life (cf. Mat.19:27, Joh.1:4), by applying our resources to help our neighbour (cf. Luk.10:25-37, 16:19-31). For we lose what we keep, and we gain what we give away, and generousity is amply repaid both in this life and in the life to come (cf. Pro.3:9-10, Mat.19:28-29, Luk.6:38).
1. Ezekiel (Old Testament)
2. Deuteronomy 32:26-36 (Response to the Old Testament)
3. 2Corinthians 8:9 (Summary of Gospel of the Day)
4. Matthew 19:23-30 (Gospel of the Day)
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And “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us” – 2 Corinthians 9:11
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