"In secret you teach me wisdom"
A man died and left his inheritance to his
One of them took everything for himself
and left his brother empty handed.
Not only that, but he started following
as if he was a faithful disciple.
The other, obviously exasperated at
of his brother,
one day approached Jesus and put forward
"Good Master, tell my brother
me my share of the inheritance."
He was expecting, I suppose,
that Jesus would back him up.
Jesus did not!
As usual, He went straight into the
the love of money that is the root
"Who made me judge over these
Both of you are in the wrong…"
Yes, both of them are in the wrong
Because both of them think
that bliss, existence, contentment
comes from the quantity of money they
If one is able to rob his brother…
If the other is able to indict his
both are doing it because they are
the same lie :
money money money means happiness happiness
This is a big big big lie.
Money is like sea water:
the more you drink, the thirstier you
The more a man has, the more he wants.
Instead of its filling a vacuum, it
Money has the penchant to become THE
of your life.
Instead of remaining an unpretentious
it gradually takes up your mind, your
Above all, it robs your heart effortlessly.
It closes your eyes to the poor Lazarus
is next to you.
The parable of the man dressed in purple
robes eating fine food
is a fine image of all of us.
I fail to notice the others…
the rich man did not even see Lazarus!
He did not want to give him because
to the other
meant decreasing from his own.
And no one likes having less!
All of us know this -
where money is concerned,
there are no friends,
there are no brothers and sisters.
How many families split up because
In order to acquire more…
in order to take what is my due…
in order to get that promotion…
so many of us were ready to trample
all those who were competing with us.
This is myopia of money:
it forces us to look at others
people who want to take something away
The other does not remain a brother
but becomes my rival.
So Jesus Christ tells me calmly:
'Go sell what you have, give it to
and you will have a treasure in heaven'.
Giving to the poor will make you rich
front of God.
You will thus acquire friends in heaven.
Friends who will welcome you when it
to go up there!
God gave us money to serve others.
This is a choice I have to make all
I can either continue to reason in
of the world
whose foundation stone is money,
Or I can start reasoning like Jesus
is full trust in the Father
and full love towards others.
"No one who loves money ever has enough,
no one who loves luxury has any income;
this too is futile.
Where goods abound, parasites abound;
Where is the owner's profit, apart
The labourer's sleep is sweet, whether
has eaten little or much,
But the surfeit of the rich will not
him sleep at all."
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