I have always found it ironic that we have the words, “In God we trust,” on our money. For the vast majority of people, their security lies in their material wealth, not in God. Over and over Jesus warns us that wealth is one of the most dangerous substances that we encounter in life. “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God.” St. Paul tells us that the “love of money is the root of all evil.” But we all want more. Do we hear the warnings of Scripture? Do we take those warnings seriously?
In the Gospel for this Sunday, Jesus tell us, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” He then tells the parable of the rich man who stores up great riches and then dies unexpectedly. Jesus tells us that we must become rich in what matters to God.
So what is the wealth that matters to God? Love. Generosity. Compassion. Mercy. Forgiveness. Kindness. Faith. If we possess these, even if we have very little material wealth, we are rich indeed. If we lack these things, all the wealth of the world will be of no use for us. We are then the poorest of the poor.
–Fr. Mike Comer