Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:6-11

A popular Yoruba adage says “When money is not at home; let no one take any decision”. Indeed, money gives answers to so many things however; there still remains a lot that money cannot provide – salvation, peace of mind, journey mercies, joy etc. All these are blessings from God which money cannot buy.

It is however disheartening that people do not realise that even money is a gift from God, thus they seek money as the world gives not as the Father gives and the love for money has led so many into evils that one can never imagine. It is more disheartening that the minds of many professed Christians have been corrupt in the search for money(1 Timothy 6:10); many of us no longer want to work hard but prefer to engage in armed robbery, stealing, kidnapping, drug dealing, prostitution, assassination, money rituals, cultism, human trafficking, Internet fraud and many such evils in their pursuit of money.

Beloved, St Paul reminds us today that we brought nothing into the world and we are taking nothing back (1 Timothy 6:7). A realisation of this truth should help us to appreciate the gift of money and use it rightly. Do not be desperate in search for money but work hard and be content with whatever God blesses you with. Remember the words of the very wealthy king, Solomon: “Vanity upon vanity; all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).

Believers should be content with the basics of food, clothing and shelter. If special financial needs arise, we must look up to God to provide (Psalm 50:15), while we continue to work (2 Thesalonians 3:7-8), help those in need (2 Corinthians 8:3,9:6-7) Believers are not to be driven by the desire to get rich, as the love of money is the root of all evil. Child of God, let us seek eternal happiness. Eternal happiness is seeing God and being taken up into God’s happiness. In God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit there is unending life, joy and communion… God would like us to decide in favour of our happiness; we should choose God freely, love Him above all things, do good and avoid evil insofar as we are able through the power of His grace.

MASS: GREEN 1 Cor 15:12-20 Ps 17:1.6-7.8 and 15(R.15b) Ps 17:1.6-7.8 and 15(R.15b) Accl Mt 11:25 Gospel Lk 8:1-3 

Prayer Points:

1.         Father in heaven, You have taught me that it is by resisting my passions and not by being slave to them, that I can find peace of heart; grant me I beseech You to give me the grace never to have inordinate affection for anything. Grant me simplicity of heart O Lord my God.

2.         Father in Heaven, give me the grace of divine satisfaction that I may not lose my soul as I search for money and earthly pleasure. Amen.

Exercise: Avoid making money your greatest aspiration and motivation.

Meditation:  1 Timothy 6:9