Money…Riches…the poor…

‘I was hungry, and you gave me good…’, ‘Love of the poor…the outcast…the disadvantaged…the persecuted’, etc. is given a special place by Jesus.

 

We cannot say that we love God if we do not love our brothers and sisters.

 

Anyone who says so is a liar…

 

Over attachment to material possessions including money is seen as a real obstacle to spiritual growth by Jesus.

 

We are most who we are meant to be when we truly love.

Any form of exploitation of others is non-loving.

 

There are strong words in the first reading in Amos 8:4-7 from God regarding oppression and exploitation:

‘Never will I forget what you have done.’

 

In the second reading today, we are told that God wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth.

 

Loving God and our neighbour are at the core of what is truth for us.

 

Any religious expression that does not include the love of others is in danger of becoming self-serving.  Just ‘saving’ ourselves can become narcissistic, far from being truthful.

 

‘Prosperity gospels’ are in contradiction to what Jesus said about Himself.

‘Foxes have holes, birds have nests, the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’

 

The ‘Son of man’ came to serve and not to be served.