WEALTH MAY GIVE YOU DEATH OR LIFE

(Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 14, 2018

You may use wealth either to die or to live:
1. The wealth leading to death is the wealth that is not shared among all; it is the wealth a person keeps for himself beyond what is necessary for the satisfaction of his needs. It is the wealth a person cannot share with the poor. In brief, the wealth leading to death is that which is not used for the satisfaction of the needs of all.

If you don’t share it, you’ll die

To tell the rich man: “Go, sell what you have, and give it to the poor” (Mark 10:21) means “your” wealth belongs to those who need it. The wealth, which leads to death, therefore, is that which is accumulated in a few hands.
This wealth  becomes so desirable to the rich man, that he cannot live without it; it becomes an addiction; it generates a dependency almost impossible to depart from. “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25). This wealth indeed turns itself against the person who possesses it.

Sharing wealth gives you life

2. The Wealth leading to life goes beyond the possession of material goods. This wealth is used for the satisfaction of the needs of all. If the rich man had sold his possessions and given them to the poor, he would have ended his deadly wealth and taken over the wealth of life.
The wealth of life consists in the caring and harmonious relationships between people. This wealth does not take possession over anybody; on the contrary, it allows them to live to the fullest as members of a united humanity.
When, in order to acquire the wealth of life, we give up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for the sake of life, we will receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands (Mark 10:29-30).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)