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What Money Can’t Buy

By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples
Acts 14:21-27; Psalm 145:8-13; Revelation 21:1-5; John 13:31-35

Sermon Week Fifth Sunday of Easter Cycle C

Scripture Summary John 13:35

Over a doorway in an old Dutch banking house is the following inscription:
“The Golden Age is the Age in which money does not rule!”

One of the surest ways most everyone will know whether we are Jesus' disciples is our attitude toward money. The character of a society will, in large measure, be determined by the place assigned to money in its hierarchy of values. And the same is true of individuals. To a large extent, our character will be measured by how money fits into our value system: why we want it, how we get it, and what we do after acquiring it.

Before his untimely death, spiritual writer Thomas Merton expressed great concern about the problem of money in our society. He said,

"As a nation, we have begun to float off into a moral void. We have reached the point where putting forth any moral standard automatically releases an anti-moral response in many people. But it is not with them alone that I am concerned. I am concerned with the (so-called) "good" people, the right-thinking people who stick to principle all right except where it conflicts with the chance to make money. I wonder,” he said, "to what extent our ideals are now a front for organized selfishness and irresponsibility!"

In today's Lesson from the Gospel of John, Jesus commands us to open our minds and hearts to the Divine Influence. "A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, you also love one another. By this, all men will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another" (Jn. 13:34-35). In another place, John writes, "Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is Love" (1 Jn. 4:7-8).

To become a genuine disciple, you must open yourself up at the center of your being to the Divine Influence. Your number one priority in the quest for happiness must not be rooted [...]

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