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A Word From Fr. Rob - July 31, 2016

Submitted by Our Parish Community on August 7, 2016 - 5:34pm

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Hello again everyone, I was reading our Sunday readings this week and as I did I thought of all the lottery tickets I have bought with the hope that I would win a great deal of money so that I could live my life in security and freedom. My desire for security and freedom are, I think, basic human desires. There have been many (if not all) wars fought for just those reasons. In our readings today we are asked to look at what will truly fulfill those desires. Our writers today point out to us in plain terms that wealth does not supply us with security or freedom. They say that wealth, in fact, causes us worry and slavery. When one is rich one wishes to remain rich and so can become consumed with the desire to gain more wealth and protect one’s assets. They can chase and worship these riches as though they were a God. In a sense, riches become an idol. Remember that we are forbidden from worshipping false Gods. It is not a sin to be wealthy or even want to be rich. It only becomes a sin when it becomes idolatry. It is important to hear the suspicion and caution with which these two wise people (Quoheleth and Jesus) are speaking about wealth. Remember it easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter heaven. Think about that as you buy your next lottery ticket, make your next investment or pass the homeless guy on the street. Peace and God Bless,
Fr. Rob