• Michael Haldas

Money


“Many years before the Lord took flesh and dwelt among us, the Prophet David perceived the grave danger in wealth, warning, “If riches flow in, set not your hearts thereon” (Ps 61:10). Wherever our heart is fixed – whatever matter delights it, whatever goal is foremost in its yearning – becomes the compass guiding our whole life. As the Lord Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:21). Why, then, does Christ focus on riches in particular? He warns three times that wealth makes it difficult “to enter the kingdom of God” (Mk 10:23, 24, 25). Is there something inherently wrong with wealth in and of itself? Not at all! The danger of riches lies in how the heart orients itself to them. For fickle-hearted mankind, riches repeatedly prove to be a stumbling block, the shoals upon which many have wrecked themselves in this life and for the age to come.” (Dynamis 1/24/2020)

"We know and understand that at the creation of the world, God looked upon it and said that it was good. Adam and Eve in the Garden had an ascetic command: to fast from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Only when they broke the fast, misusing the creation, did they find themselves separated from God. Therefore, it is not the creation that is to be rejected but the misuse of it, just as it is not food which is bad, but gluttony; it is not money that is evil, but greed for it. This ascetic ethos of the Church applies equally for all people and is exemplified in monasticism." (Archimandrite Sergius)

"When Jesus encountered a rich young man He invited him to give away his wealth for the sake of the Kingdom of God, but even the enthusiasm which brought him to Jesus disappeared at such a request. We should be aware that though this man had much material wealth, for others it may be other kinds of possessions which we hindrances to following Christ. For some it may be intelligence, physical beauty or certain talents they feel they have. Many of us possess things we value too highly, things we cling to that we need to let go of or that we need to put to the service of God." (Father Spyridon Baily)

“Many others think…: Why waste money on splendid churches and religious devotion when there are so many people in need? But throughout its history, the Church has always stressed the importance of both religious devotion and charity. Both are pleasing to God if they are done in a spirit of love.” (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

"We should remember that at the crucifixion the Roman soldiers cast lots for Christ’s robe because it was of such a high quality and they didn’t want to divide it up. Christ was not making a display of His wealth (it may have been a gift from a wealthy disciple) but neither did He wander round in rags trying to prove how other worldly or spiritual He was." (Father Spyridon Baily)

"The ladder of the spiritual life leads downwards rather than up (or it leads us back to where we already are). The lives of the saints are replete with those who abandoned wealth in order to become poor and find God. I can think of no stories in which a saint acquired wealth in order to enter the Kingdom. I do not think it is necessary for everyone to abandon what they have and head to the deserts. It is sufficient, in my experience, to simply practice mercy, kindness and generosity where you are, and to bear your own failings and incompetence with patience. And, though this sounds easy, it is more than most are willing to do.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Seeing material wealth instead of men’s hearts can seduce us into believing that possessions are the result of wisdom. Awash in such a falsehood, we can easily become “lifted up and . . . forget the Lord your God” (Dt 8:14), who establishes us in true life through Christ. We may easily become haughty because of material riches, for wealth gives temporal power to those who possess it, tempting them to believe that they are superior or more important than others. Thus, Saint Paul advises the wealthy not to “trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim 6:17).” (Dynamis 11/29/2018)

“The problem with money and having enough of it to be very comfortable is just that – comfort. The problem with comfort based on having enough is that we can develop a false sense of peace and well-being, meaning that we think we have a healthy spirituality and relationship and knowledge of God, but it is too much a product of a false sense of security. Just ask anyone who considers themselves persons of faith and who have had enough money and good health and then have a major financial or health crisis. The way they will describe their relationship and knowledge of God before and after will be very different.” (Sacramental Living Blog) "If we place our hope in anything but God it is idolatry. If we believe that we will gain peace of heart if only we could win the lottery or somehow amass a big enough bank balance, then we have placed our faith in money and made it our idol." (Father Spyridon Baily)

“First and foremost, let us trust in the living God, whether we are rich or poor. When we trust in Him, we are free to enjoy and do good with whatever He has given us, regardless of whether we are great or small among men (1 Tim 6:18).” (Dynamis 11/29/2018)

“Christ tells us, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This seems to flip our modern understanding. We would normally suggest that someone should “put their money where their heart is.” Christ, instead, tells us that your heart will always follow your money. That is a very serious statement, indeed…It is not the value of the money that will matter – but the value and power your money has over your heart. Your heart will be wherever you put your money.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“What is it about giving money to the Church that upsets folks? It probably has little to do with actual giving and even less to do with money itself. Giving in the Church causes controversy and attracts the attention of parishioners because this subject touches us in a fundamental way: right in the place where we fear for our survival. Our money, resources, time, and possessions make us feel secure. Money and possessions should not only be recognized as tools to help us in life; they also serve as a spiritual diagnostic of our real loves and our deeply held values.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

“The point is clear; our duty as Christians created in the image and likeness of God is to be careful with our approach toward money, and to serve others through the generous offering of our financial resources in proportion to whatever earthly blessings God has bestowed upon us, for such is a form of service that is truly liberating. In contrast, the destructive forces of greed can take enormous tolls upon the souls of both victim and, even more so, the victimizer. Here, the admonitory words of the Lord to His disciples indeed continue speak to us, 'Take heed, and beware of all greed; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.' (Luke 12:15).” (Archbishop Demetrios)

“There will come a time when not the persecutions but money and the goods of this world will take people far from God. Then many more souls will be lost than in the time of the persecutions.” (St. Seraphim of Viritsa)

“The only thing that survives after death is our soul. Thus we need to be thinking of the state of our souls at all times. As we work toward accumulating earthly treasures, we need to be putting treasure in heaven.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

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