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The Bible and Prosperity…

Posted by Andreas on Mar 2, 2011 at 12:44 am

From this past Sunday’s Gospel:

Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” Matthew 6:24-34

We often forget that God is always taking care of us and knows our every need. What a great reminder it was to hear these words this past weekend.

Categories: The Bible and Prosperity

One Response to “The Bible and Prosperity…”

  1. John Kelly

    Mr Widmer -
    Of course, Matthew is right. But, like many of Jesus’ economic lessons, this one can be hard to understand within today’s context. Consider the stories of the rich young man, the eye of the needle, certain beatitudes, etc. Our standard interpretations of these stories seem to revolve around the idea that God is not interested in the physical prosperity of his people, only their spiritual health. If a man is poor, is he therefore more open to God? If he prospers, is he in danger of losing his soul?
    We nurture many mixed messages in our Catholic/Christian philosophy, all the while considering hard work and diligence, which often result in prosperity, virtues.
    I have written a book called “The Other Law of Moses” which talks about the economic Law that’s found inside the Law of Moses. It talks about how, when ancient Israel followed this Law, they were highly prosperous – probably the advanced world’s first middle-class nation. And it talks about how, when they didn’t follow it, they were like the other nations, with a few on top and everyone else a peasant. It talks about how Israel went back and forth in their observance of this Law. Jesus himself, I believe, was referring to this Law often. His followers understood him, but we don’t. Hence our mixed messages.
    Recently, I read Michael Novak’s biographical sketch of your encounters with the Lord and his mother. I don’t feel I’ve had incidents as dramatic as yours have been, but I feel that I’ve nevertheless been given insights that have compelled me to write the book. I write to you to ask whether you’d like to have a look at the book, and, if you feel it worthy, help me get it published. I realize I’m asking a lot, but I think it’s an important book. Thank you for your consideration.

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