Our attitude towards money brings out the real person in us.
In the Gospel, Jesus tells about the steward who was his master’s debt collector. People borrow money because either they were poor or had some problems to deal with, or they were simply living with extravagant lifestyles. The steward seems to be doing a good thing for them, in order to survive himself, however, he was being dishonest with his master, hence the cause for his discharge.
What is your attitude towards money? The National Fellowship of Catholic Men proposes these four ideas that might help us answer that question.
First, money is not the root of all evil, and having it is not a sin. It’s our love of money that eventually separates us from God. Our Lord Jesus wants to be first in our lives—above our money and possessions. We should never ever allow wealth to be enshrined in our hearts and then replace Jesus as our king and master.
Second, Jesus asks us to be good stewards of wealth. He wants us to be prudent, honest, and responsible. We should never allow greed or dishonesty to drive our lives. Instead, we should use our money wisely, invest it wisely, and be as generous as we can. Every time we are confronted with buying things, we should ask the question: ‘Do I really need this?’ or ‘Is this just a passing fancy’?
Third, donating to the Church and other charities, even if we can give only a small amount, is a key aspect of our stewardship. Let us remember that ‘He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will himself also call, and cannot be heard’ (Prv. 21:13). We can be assured that whenever we give away our earthly treasures, God will reward us with heavenly treasures.
Finally, remember that ‘your’ money is not yours; it belongs to God. When you die, money will be useless as you cannot bring it to where your soul is going. Yes, you can give it to your children or to charity. The only thing that will matter is the degree to which you have used it to help people: your family, your friends, the Church, and the poor.
All material possessions are temporal or dishonest wealth, as compared with true or eternal wealth. At the end of our earthly life, we will be measured by how we handle wealth that have been entrusted to us, ‘If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth?’ (Lk. 16:12).
Let us pray that Jesus will make us good stewards so that we will be gifted with eternal wealth.