The Love of Money
- Reading I: 1 Timothy 6:2-12
- Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 49
- Gospel Reading: Luke 8:1-3
Psalm 49: Instruction About Wealth
Psalm 49, attributed to the Korahites (1) is a wisdom psalm that explores the problem regarding the prosperity of the wicked. It can be divided into three stanzas:
A. Invitation to Instruction (2-5)
B. The Absurdity of Those Who Trust in their Wealth (6-13)
C. The Lot of the Wicked and His Wealth: Sheol
The psalmist lays down the idea that the man who trusts in the Lord — not the man who trusts in his wealth — will be redeemed by the Lord and snatched from Sheol (v. 16). The wealthy and those who trust in their wealth are already immersed in an absurd existence: when they go to Sheol, they won’t bring their wealth with them (v. 18). Stanzas B and C are tied up together by a refrain: "He (=the rich man) is like the beasts — they perish. (vv. 13.21)"
The response to the psalm recalls the first Beatitude in Matthew 5: "Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs". It corresponds to what Paul writes regarding the desire for wealth and the love of money in the first reading:
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.
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