Religiosity without charity amounts to mere lip service before God. It is not enough that we keep God’s commandments; we must also ensure that we do not make a god of our material possessions. If we cannot give out what we have, if we cannot help the less privileged, if we do not care about the poor, it simply means the things we have are the gods we worship. The key to generosity is knowing where one’s security lies. Where exactly is my security? My bank account? My name? My friends? My job description? Or my God. The truth is that if my security lies in anything material, I am bound to become stingy knowing that it will not last forever.
In the Gospel the young rich man who asked Jesus what remains to do to gain salvation, on hearing The Lord's reply to sell all he had, give to the poor and follow Him, walked away sorrowfully because he could not imagine life without his possessions. He felt that without his money, without his expensive clothes, shoes, gold and diamonds, without his mansions, without his oil wells and so on, he would just die. Try to put yourself in the shoes of this young man and allow the words of Jesus resound once again in your ears: “If you want to be perfect, go and sell what you possess and give to the poor.” Are you going to walk away? Are you going to just bluff over this message and go about your normal day to day activities? Or are you going to take an excursion to your wardrobe and bring out clothes you no longer need so that you can clothe some poor persons who cannot afford such? That the bible recorded the sorrowful disposition of this young man shows that in truth, attachment to what this world has to offer only brings sorrow, pain and sadness. There is nothing in this world that is capable of bringing us lasting happiness. True freedom is the willingness to risk losing everything we have because we know that God alone is our security. Shun idolatry and stop worshipping your properties. You were born without them and you can still survive without them. Let go and Let God.
Dear friends, there is no gain in sin. Yes, you can do without that bad habit, you can give up that secret vice. Let go and Let God into your lives. May the PEACE of our Lord Jesus Christ be upon us all!!! Amen🙏