But they that will be rich fall into temptation…

Jesus teaches us not only that riches are to be despised, but they are also full of danger. They are the root of seducing evils and deceive the blind human mind by hidden deception. God rebukes rich fools who think only of their earthly wealth and boast in the abundance of their overflowing harvests. He says “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then who shall those things be which thou has provided?” The fool was rejoicing in his supplies when he would die that very night; one whose life was already failing was thinking about the abundance of his food. However, the Lord tells us that those who sell all their possessions and distribute them for the poor become perfect and complete. In doing so, they lay up treasures for themselves in Heaven. He says that those that follow him are not entangled by worldly possessions… accompany their possessions which they send to God. For such a reward, let us all prepare ourselves, learn to pray, and discern from our prayers what we should become… for He promises that all things will be added to those who seek God’s kingdom and righteousness.

St. Cyprian

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Guiding the Stewardship Committee, as part of the National Standing Committees of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.
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