"Gold has been the ruin of many…"
Money is important.
At least this is what we have been
When it is a question of money, everybody
is of the same religion,
the French satirist Voltaire once wrote.
Our society is built on the corner
Those who possess money succeed and
those who have no money are left behind
Money means esteem, respect, love.
Politicians know this
and they always put in front of us
Your employer knows this also
and he manages your life by dangling
carrot in front of your nose.
In society your value is proportionate
the money you have.
A Yiddish proverb satirically says
"With money in your pocket,
you are wise and you are handsome and
sing well, too"
So easy to be arrogant when money abounds.
Hence it is understandable that Jesus
so often about money.
He comes out strong with his teachings
"You can not serve both God and
He did not say:
'you can not serve God and sex or pride
but you can not serve God and money!
Jesus Christ knows human nature.
He knows the remarkable influence
money has on man's heart.
Money has the power
to penetrate into one's heart
and place itself as the supreme sovereign
even eliminating God and others away
It does away with God
because money creates in us a false
We think that we can do without God.
More or less He becomes superfluous.
As long as I have money,
as long as I can get what I want with
what do I need God for?
The temptation is to keep God on the
just in case there is a need for Him
but my real trust is on what I have.
It is the money in my pocket and in
that really puts my mind at trust.
As someone once remarked,
"better five thousand dollars
bank than God in my heart"!
No wonder then that Jesus Christ tells
that it is easier
for a camel to pass through the eye
for a rich man to enter the kingdom
By the way,
no need to have a lot of money to be
It is the attitude inside us that makes
Jesus advises wisely,
"be rich in front of God".
Becoming rich in front of God means
having God in abundance.
Because those who have God in abundance,
"everything will be given them".
Do you think - says Jesus Christ- ,
that your Father does not know that
these things -
money, food, clothes?!
An American tourist who went to visit
He was astonished when he found that
room he lived in was almost empty.
"Where is your furniture?"
"My furniture?! Where is yours?"
asked the Rabbi.
"But I am a tourist here…"
"So am I!!" answered the
"I am just passing by here on
Hoarding for yourself is folly.
Becoming rich in front of God is wisdom.
Sure, use money.
But don't let them make you their puppet!!
"Do not wear yourself out in quest of wealth,
stop applying your mind to this.
Fix your gaze on it, and it is there
for it is able to sprout wings
like an eagle that flies off to the
(Proverbs 23, 4-5)
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