TRUE LIFE & THE SHOPPING SEASON


As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share (κοινωνικούς), thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life (τῆς ὄντως ζωῆς).” (1 Tim 6: 17-19)

During this season of sometimes-unwise spending, I’d like to carry with me the final words quoted above, which remind me of the whole point of having money or any other God-given “riches.” It is to use those resources 1. to “store up” for ourselves “the treasure of a good foundation for the future,” and 2. to “take hold of the life that really is life.” In other words, the way I choose to spend my “riches” is an essential part of responding to my “vocation,” the specific way in which I am called to communion with God and others.

Let me take pause today, and take note of the “whys” of my spending-decisions and other forms of sharing myself with others, asking whether these are life-bringing, or rather death-bringing, for my vocation. Lord, give me the wisdom to choose “the life that really is life” in this Christmas season, and thank You for providing me with enough for today.

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