A lawyer friend once said, “fact is stranger than fiction.” He explained that you cannot imagine what parents will do to their children, children to their parents, one part of the family to the other, a person to the best friend, couples to each other, all because of money, properties, and inheritance. That is why we have to watch out that GREED does not sink into our lives. Jesus once said, “What profit is it to a man who gains the whole world but loses his soul?”
Hence to counteract the temptation of greed, three things we remember:
- Our main mission is to help. Jesus said that I came to serve and not to be served. Whatever our calling is, the challenge is to serve. When we serve we help people. The problem occurs when we do not see people as people.
- The talent that we have is only lent to us. “Freely you have received, freely you are to give” are the words to His apostles and to each to everyone to us.
- At the end of our lives, it is the number of people we have blessed that matters and not what we accumulate. I once celebrated Mass for a doctor who died at 97 years old. While he was very intelligent and accomplished, people remember him mostly for his kindness, his humility, how he was always hopeful, and his humor.
That is why in our everyday lives, three things we can do daily:
- Always practice being grateful and content no matter what economic standing we are in. There is still so much to be grateful for.
- The bigger the blessing, the more we need on to hold on to God. Otherwise, when greed sinks in, many, many lives will be affected and destroyed.
- Always cultivate a culture of giving. When God blesses you more, raise your standard of giving and not living.
May we remember that God gave us a very beautiful world to supply for man’s need but not for man’s greed.