Grace to you!
One of the most honest confessions (not sacramental confession) I have heard from a wealthy man is that having made so much money, he feels not happier than when he had nothing.
How much money is enough and when can one say, "let me rest my oars and enjoy my gains." Even for the person who is dying, and the doctor has predicted when his or her health will likely give way, attachment to money or wealth could be the most worrisome. It is difficult to let go.
Anxiety connected with ambitious desires for wealth could be a terrible monster, ripping inner peace from any person. They say, the love of having increases by having.
We love good things. The more we get one, the more we want the other. When would all this end so we are free to love the way we will in the final homecoming?
What is fraud or scam if not a fall into the trap of greed and love of money. How sad institutions and leaders, in families, churches, public and political offices are disgraced because of love for money.
Scripture reminds us to be completely detached from love of money because "the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim 6:10).
Nowhere did the Holy Book condemn money or denounce wealth. Money is good to pay our bills and put food on the table. Assurance that our basic needs are met is healthy too. There is nothing wrong with that. In love of money is where the evil lies. That allure for wealth pushing us to tell lies or to step on others’ toes and cheat to acquire it, shouldn’t worth our loyalty. In the end we realize it doesn’t buy us joy.
Do you want peace of mind and peace of soul? Place money or wealth where it belongs. It belongs in the corner, not in front, of your destiny.
If you have money, live as if it means nothing to you. Let it not determine the ultimate desire of your life and sense of fulfillment. Use money. Let it not use you.
For those who don't have money, do not grieve as if to say without money you mean nothing. You are priceless, not because you have money, but because you are human. Be encouraged. I pray you have money too, so you see it means nothing other than a tool in your hand. It’s a means to the end you seek.
For all, may we use money to make the world a better place in which to live. By so doing we are giving glory to God.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday Week 24 A: 1 Tim 6:2-12; Lk 8:1-3]
You may watch the following keynote I gave over the weekend at Sacred Heart Church Cambria Heights, on Divine Providence.
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.