“Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”
A Word of Hope
How is your spiritual journey progressing? That is a question we will hear many times during the Lenten Season. Today, many individuals crowd out their spiritual journey as they constantly strive for more tangible wants. It is not “in style” to be overly concerned about the spiritual journey.
This is a mental attitude based on the philosophy of materialism. Tangible things are measurable; tangible things matter and achievement is measured by tangible goods. While this has been a threat to the spiritual journey for many centuries, today it is accepted by a much larger segment of humanity. The greed to obtain things as a sign of success and a bulwark against the fear of need is an all-consuming lifestyle. A life of materialism squeezes out the individual spiritual journey. In the extreme case, one ignores not just a spiritual component to human life, but also devalues God and any claim, which the Divine might have on the individual’s life. Such greed may yield popularity, power and wealth; however, into every such affected life, there will come times of deep personal loss, grief, illness and finally death. In those moments, tangible wealth achieves little solace.
Then, there are philosophical movements that couch their teachings as “religion” but are based on this greed for material things. Prosperity religions teach that God rewards good people (whatever that means) by showering wealth and happiness on them.
Fortunately, God does not act like the vending machine in a food canteen which dispenses prosperity, etc. on those who have the correct coins to drop into it. Misguided is any teaching that emphasizes materialism over the value of an intimate relationship with God as the ultimate purpose for human life.
May God guide your Lenten spiritual journey this year, that it will lead you to truly know the ultimate purpose of your life.,
Donald (Luke) Day
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare