Saturday 30th Week of the Year
Mammon, or the attachment that money and possessions can create an illusion all its own in our hearts.
When I was visiting our religious houses in Ireland
after my studies for the priesthood,
Fr. Tom Burke was kind enough to escort me.
On one occasion, he stopped the car
at the bottom of a hill and put it in neutral.
Then he took the key out of the ignition.
To my absolute amazement,
the car started going up the hill backwards, all by itself.
Of course it was an illusion.
I think we did it a couple times.
I was so astounded.
Mammon, or the attachment that money and possessions
can create an illusion all its own in our hearts.
If only I get this or achieve that I will be set for life we think.
It’s like an appetite that can never be satisfied.
“Our hearts were created for you will God
and they are restless until they rest in you.” (St. Augustine.)
Attachment to things or stuff breeds enslavement.
Is my heart a container to hold all my stuff or
is it a conduit to share what I have with others?
Gratitude on the other hand, breeds generosity.
We are grateful for something that is a gift.
By God’s design, his gifts grow when they are shared.
The fruit of generosity is always deep joy.
It’s not important to God what is in our wallets.
What’s important to him is what is in our hearts and how we use it.