Just like for Jesus’ Apostle Judas Iscariot, money is a terrible temptation for all of us. We all live under the illusion that if we just had a lot of money, we could buy happiness. If we just had more money, happiness awaits us around the corner.
‘Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to betray him, said: Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and having the purse, carried the things that were put therein.’ John 12:4-6
St. Paul says it clearly too;
‘For they that will become rich, fall into temptation, and into the snare of the devil, and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith, and have entangled themselves in many sorrows.’ 1 Timothy 9-10.
There is nothing wrong with money. Jesus used this money that Judas Iscariot held in the purse for the food and thing that they needed for His ministry. Wealthy friends of Jesus help Him. It is the ‘desire for money’ where the problem comes from.
The US dollar bill should say; ‘In Money We trust’ instead of ‘In God We Trust. I say this because we all have a certain weakness to love and trust in money more than God.
There was a couple who owned a goose who laid a golden egg everyday. They felt if they killed the goose, they would find all the gold in her. When they did, they found that she was nothing else but a normal goose. Rather than appreciating the daily golden egg, they became greedy and tried to get rich all at once and lost everything.
Judas Iscariot was a friend and Apostle of Jesus and promised one of the 12 Thrones in heaven where he would rule one of the tribes of Israel forever. But he sold his friend Jesus and his birthright to heaven for 30 silver coins. We also are like Judas Iscariot who put our trust and hope for future pleasure in money.
Jesus is the goose that gives us our daily happiness, food and salvation. We put Him to death too to try to gain something transient. It did not work for Judas and it will never work for us either.
We need to be honest and look at our lives. In what way do I put making money above doing what Jesus asks? Do I work on Sundays for money? (You can work if you are a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, police, fireman or someone else that peoples lives depend on.
Money is good for living and doing good with. But happiness comes from God, family, friends and nature, not from money. Judas Iscariot sold his eternal happiness for a stinking 30 silver coins.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know that God is who ‘Gives Us Our Daily Bread’. Thank you God for the food, housing, family and friends we have today.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.