August 4

Reflection

You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’

Lk 12:13-21



Greed is “wanting more than what you already have enough of”. Unfortunately, greed is a powerful motivator in our society. Advertising companies realize this. Watch a few commercials to see how much your life is lacking and how much better it would be with just a few more purchased products. We live in a society that pays little attention to spiritual truth. Rather it values property, income, status, social standing, and material wealth. When we lack a Divine Center our need for security leads us to an attachment to things. We can become totally self-absorbed and preoccupied with possessions. We are really called to be rich in God. It means you measure your own worth by who you are, not by what you own. Persons rich in God are wealthy when they are at peace with God, others and themselves. They are rich in God, when they are certain of God’s unconditional love.

Prayer

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the greatness of the power would be from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7

Action

Reflect on where your “treasure” is. What does it mean for you to be “rich in God”.

Suggested Reading

And he told them a parable, saying, “The land ofa rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, `What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops? And he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, `Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be? So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Luke 12:13-21

If riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
Psalm 62:10

Those who trust in their riches will wither, but the righteous will flourish like green leaves.
Proverbs 11:28

It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
John Steinbeck

 Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
Erich Fromm

I think one of the most pervasive evils in this world is greed and acquiring money for money’s sake. Once you have six houses and a plane, it’s just about a number. It’s never been anything I understood.
Kevin Bacon

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
Garrison Keillor

It’s time for greatness — not for greed. It’s a time for idealism — not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.
Marian Wright Edelman

He who is greedy is always in want.
Horace

 

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