Idolatry

28th Sunday In Ordinary Time

“How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the eternal life.” (Mk 10:17-30)

It is important to understand that Jesus never condemns wealth or riches in themselves. In fact, some of his followers were materially rich like Joseph of Arimathea and Zacchaeus the tax collector. But what Jesus condemns is the exaggerated attachment to money and property. The word which God uses for excessive attachment to money is “idolatry.”

The Scripture says “Nothing is impossible for God” and “Everything is possible for the one who believes.” Whereas, the world says, “Everything is possible for the one who has money.” This is the danger into which a lot of people fall in today’s world. Jesus points out to the rich a way out of their dangerous situation: “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes.” (Matt 6:20)

Almsgiving or works of charity is not only the best way to use wealth for the common good, it is also the most advisable. St. Augustine said, “God offers you the carriers in the poor. They are going there where you hope to go one day. God’s need is here in the poor, and he will give it back to you when you go there.”

 

 

Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS
Pastor, SJN