Posted by: livingscripture | September 18, 2009

Twenty Fourth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Fear not when a man grows rich…For when he dies, he shall take none of it; his wealth shall not follow him down.

      (Psalm 49)

 How should we live this Word

 “We brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it”, St. Paul tells Timothy in the first reading.  This declaration is so true even today!  Paul continues, “The love of money is the root of all evils, and some people, in their desire for it, have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains”. 

 The actual economic crisis has made this reality clear.  The unbridled desire for money brings to cheating and extortion of the rich but especially of the poor.  Cheating and extortion are nourished by images, by appearances, by lies.  But what is taken from the poor, endures little.  Sooner or later, falsehood has its epilogue, at the individual level through sickness or death; at the social level with the exposure of the dishonesty or with financial collapse as is happening now.congo

 “If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that”, continues St. Paul in his exhortation to Timothy and to each one of us.  What is extra is not ours and impoverishes our sisters and brothers.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Lord forgiveness for all the ‘thefts’ I have made in regard to the poor by keeping what is not necessary.  I will promise to make restitution and to detach myself from the tendency to amass and to possess.

 Lord Jesus, purify my heart and above all, my hands.  Grant that I may use money as the women who assisted you out of their goods did, for the spread of Your Kingdom in the world.

 The voice of a Pope John Paul II

 The person who is possessed by the desire to have and to enjoy, more than to be and to grow, consumes in an excessive and disordered way the goods of the earth and life itself.  At the roots of the foolish destruction of the natural environment is an anthropological error, very diffused in our times.  As they discover their capacity to transform and, in a certain sense, create the world with their labor, human beings forget that this happens because of the first and original donation of everything by God.


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