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Love of money is the root of all evil

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  • Description: Our Blessed Lord watched the rich young man go away. He made no attempt to draw him back to convince him. So the Lord shows us that whilst we’re free, He doesn’t compel, He doesn’t compel us. So we’re entirely free to accept He’s invitation or not. If we do accept His invitation, we do that freely, we don’t do it for His benefits, but for our own. He said to the young rich man, “Go sell what you have, give to the poor, you will have treasure in heaven, come follow me.” But for the young man, he couldn’t even begin the first part, which was to sell what he had and to give it away, or rather to exchange it. This is what Saint Mark tells us. That he went away sad, for he was a man with great wealth, and so instead of being a possessor of what had been given to him, he became rather it’s guardian and consequently it’s slave, for for he couldn’t free himself from it. And so Saint Peter, watching and listening to what was going on, begins to ponder especially when the Lord said how hard it is for the rich to enter in to heaven. But in all of this we remember that it is not the wealth itself that is the problem, but rather the love of it. Saint Paul himself tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.

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