For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see.
Those who are wealthy are not bad people because of their wealth…as long as they keep God as their top priority…as well as care for the poor. But wealth does make this challenging. It’s easy for wealth to blind us to the needs of the poor and to our need for God. The book of Revelation is rich in symbolism. The writer says we all need God’s spiritual wealth so that we may be healed of our blindness and see as God sees. God scolds us to change our ways as a parent whose motive is love. God wants to save us (make us “whole”)…not punish us. Jesus says in the last line of today’s Gospel (Luke 19:10): “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
Suggested song of the day– “Come to Jesus” on the Live to Love album.
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Remember…you are loved!