How much do you need?
April 18, 2015 § Leave a comment
Be not solicitous therefore, saying: What shall we eat: or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed? For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things.
Matt 6: 31,32b
Many who call themselves Christians are quite wealthy. The “health and wealth” Protestants I was once attached to placed much emphasis on God’s “blessings,” and when they used that word, they almost always meant “money.” Just stop by one of their megachurches and, if you can get past the horrid pastel decorations and make it through the rock concert before the sermon, listen to the poor soul “pastoring” the congregation as he worships mammon. Or, better yet, stay away from such a den of iniquity and just watch one on television or YouTube some day- they’re everywhere.
These misguided souls, and even many Catholics, have fallen prey to the church of capitalism. They go out of their way to twist the word of God to justify their love of money and the things they can purchase with it.
These souls, due to the hardness of their hearts, refuse to recognize the difference between their “wants” and their “needs.” The passage from the Gospel of Matthew, and many others like it, along with the good sense God gave us, clearly state what our “needs” are; food, clothing, shelter, health, liberty. We “need” land to work, or other labor which will provide the means to feed ourselves and our families, the liberty to pursue our needs peacefully according to God’s will, healthy bodies and minds to facilitate such labor, clothing to protect our bodily health, and shelter to protect our bodies and possessions.
In these modern times, we might also have other legitimate needs. A vessel that will allow us movement on the common ways, a phone or computer with which to communicate, earn our daily bread, or even write blog posts. But in reality, we don’t have many needs, and God will meet those needs.
Our “wants,” on the other hand, are what can sully our faith life and even lead us to damnation. Our wants are, quite simply, anything that we don’t need. Now, many people are very good at justifying their wants by turning them into needs. “I need a bigger television.” No, you don’t actually need a television at all, let alone a bigger one. You want one. “I need a better job, so I can provide more for my family.” This might be true. But then again, it might just be that your current job meets all your needs, but not all your wants. Maybe if you got rid of some wants, your needs would be better met.
The world and its master, with his servants and their systems of economics and governments, have literally hypnotized and brainwashed poor souls into thinking that consumerism, capitalism, communism, and other forms of slavery are good and in their best interest. Catholics have fallen prey to this thinking, too, especially since the servants of evil triumphed in their infiltration of the Church and implemented the “reforms” that followed the pastoral Second Vatican Council. They twist the simple teachings of Our Lord to try to justify their greed.
Our Lord, though he did speak in parables from time to time, always spoke clearly about what it takes to enter his Kingdom. To do otherwise would be deliberately making it difficult for his hearers to find salvation, and we know Our Lord would never do that. So what did Christ say about wealth and commercialism?
One is hard pressed to find any scriptural instance of Our Lord speaking well of merchants or the wealthy. He knew that human greed was one of the main things keeping people from the Kingdom of Heaven. No, when speaking of merchants and the rich, he often used words like “hypocrites,” “snakes,” and “blind.”
Therefore I say, pray for less. Ask Our Lord for an increase of the Holy Ghost, and the ability to do without wants, and to be grateful if your needs are met. Remember those Christians around the world who are much poorer than you, but probably have much more faith because of it. The Holy Father’s prayer intention for June is that immigrants be safe and welcome. Why not sacrilegious some of your wants, give generously to the Church, and bless someone who doesn’t even have their needs met?