SO YOU WANT TO BE A PROSPEROUS CHRISTIAN . . . ? perhaps there is no such thing. perhaps “austerity” is part of the deal? I didn’t say that, God said it.
The present Pope keeps saying the Church should be poor.
He calls himself Francis — seeking to exemplify the spirit of St Francis of Assisi, who was born to an affluent family, then chose to live in voluntary poverty.
We, too, must at least be willing to go without anything, insofar as doing so will help others physically or spiritually.
Consider the Lord – Jesus Christ himself – a homeless person, by choice.
“A teacher of the law came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, I will follow you any place you go.”
Jesus answered, “The foxes have holes to live in. The birds have nests. But the Son of Man has no place to rest.”
(Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 8)
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Not only must we willingly go without physical comforts, we must go without the notion of having “rights” — even the right to demand justice.
The prayer Jesus taught asks God to “. . . forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”
Having taught that prayer, in his next breath he drove the forgiveness requirement home:
“. . . if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”
(Mark’s gospel, chapter 11)