[The poor] are the ones who have nothing to prove or to protect – no posing, no posturing before people or before God. When all you’ve got is all you’ve got, all that’s left is to be yourself and you can only receive. And that, in a sense, is why the poor are blessed, because they know what really matters.
– from the Introduction to Mother Teresa: A Simple Path, p. 31
RICH MAN, POOR MAN
Text: James 1:9-11
“Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: but the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace and fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.”
There must have been a problem in the churches James was writing to: the poor were envying the rich and looking down on themselves, and the rich were looking down on and oppressing the poor (c.f., Jas. 2:1-4). This is certainly the result of failing to think spiritually, not realizing that in Christ rich and poor are equal (Gal. 3:26-28). Continue reading “Ikthus Villa Angela Sermon (July 7, 2013)”