“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (Luke
12:14) When one searches the Gospels for the teachings of the Lord one discovers that there is one thing that Jesus mentions more than anything else: money and material possessions. Again and again it must be said: though not evil in itself, money (and material possessions) can often be a grave temptation for us. This is why Jesus so frequently warns his listeners about the grave sin of greed. In a wealthy land like ours – and in a culture permeated with consumerism (the desire for more and more things) – one can easily forget a true relation with God and eternal life with Him. We begin to seek our happiness in material things. The spiritual antidote to combat greed is to maintain a grateful heart toward God. The Old Testament reinforced this attitude by its teaching on tithing. Faithful Jews were taught to return to God a tenth (tithe) of all that God had given them. That principle still holds true today. Do you want to develop a grateful heart? Do you want to avoid the temptation of greed? Then be generous with the goods with which God has blessed you.
Thank you to all who contributed generously to the Diocesan Annual Appeal! A total of $85,243 was given, exceeding our target by $38,593, which is returned to us for our parish’s use. I have purchased the Carillon Bells for our church, which are planned for installation in late September or October. It will be a great joy to hear bells at our church again!
May God bless you!