Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday with the Fathers

1 Timothy 6:9

Rich Fools—Cyprian

Jesus teaches us not only that riches are to be despised, but that also they are full of danger. They are the root of seducing evils and deceive the blind human mind by hidden deception. God rebukes rich fools who think only of their earthly wealth and boast in the abundance of their overflowing harvests. He says, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?” The fool was rejoicing in his supplies when he would die that very night; one whose life was already failing was thinking about the abundance of his food.

However, the Lord tells us that those who sell all their possessions and distribute them for the poor become perfect and complete. In so doing, they lay up treasures for themselves in heaven. He says that those who follow Him and aren’t entangled by worldly possessions accompany their possessions which they send to God. For such a reward, let us all prepare ourselves, learn to pray, and discern from our prayers what we should become, for He promises that all things will be added to those who seek God’s kingdom and righteousness.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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