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The Love of Money

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Today’s Readings

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  • 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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1 Timothy 6:2-12
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2But they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but serve them the rather, because they are faithful and beloved, who are partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
3If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to that doctrine which is according to godliness,
4He is proud, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and strifes of words; from which arise envies, contentions, blasphemies, evil suspicions,
5Conflicts of men corrupted in mind, and who are destitute of the truth, supposing gain to be godliness.
6But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7For we brought nothing into this world: and certainly we can carry nothing out.
8But having food, and wherewith to be covered, with these we are content.
9For they that will become rich, fall into temptation, and into the snare of the devil, and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition.
10For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith, and have entangled themselves in many sorrows.
11But thou, O man of God, fly these things: and pursue justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, mildness.
12Fight the good fight of faith: lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art called, and hast confessed a good confession before many witnesses.
Luke 8:1-3
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1And it came to pass afterwards, that he travelled through the cities and towns, preaching and evangelizing the kingdom of God; and the twelve with him:
2And certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities; Mary who is called Magdalen, out of whom seven devils were gone forth,
3And Joanna the wife of Chusa, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who ministered unto him of their substance.

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