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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Saturday of the 31st Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Rom 16: 3-9, 16, 22-27

Ps 144: 2-3, 4-5, 10-11

Lk 16: 9-15


Money should not be the Goal of Life


What could be the meaning of Jesus’ saying, “You cannot serve both God and money”. Is making money or creating wealth something bad?

Wealth and money can make a person arrogant, insensitive, and proud. The rich man in the Parable of Rich Man and Lazarus was insensitive to a poor man and therefore he was punished by God. When wealth becomes the goal of life a person may use any illegal and immoral means to amass wealth.  People resort to corrupt practices mainly because wealth becomes their goal in life. Two IAS officers in Madhya Pradesh amassed a lot of money through corrupt practices. Now they are languishing in Jail without being able to enjoy the wealth they amassed.


Some people indulge in lavish spending of their wealth while millions of people in the world are hungry, undernourished and homeless. Recently Outlook magazine published an article, “Death takes the Stage”. The article narrates how some Christian families in central Kerala are taking the help of event mangers for organizing funerals of their dear ones. Some families spend even up to Rs. 10 lakhs for a funeral. The items include imported coffins costing 2 lakhs, flowers brought from Bangalore and other decorative items.


The marriages of the rich in India have often become occasions for flaunting wealth. A sweet merchant in Andhra Pradesh made her daughter a golden girl for her marriage by covering her with gold worth four lakh pounds (about rupees four crores). In August 2015 Pankaj Parakh, a politician and the owner of a textile business near Mumbai, treated himself to a shirt made out of solid gold for his 45th birthday. Weighing four kilos and costing £127,000, the shirt was 18-22 carat purity and took a team of 20 people 3,200 hours to create. Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in India, has built the costliest house ever built in the world. According to Forbes Magazine its cost is about a billion US dollars. 600 persons are needed for the upkeep of the 27 storey building, Antilia. 


Creation of wealth using ethical means and sharing it with the needy is something commendable and noble. The richest man in the world, Bill Gates has set apart 50% of his personal wealth for philanthropy whereas Warren Buffet, the third richest man in the world, has set apart 90% of his personal wealth for supporting the poor of the world. In our country Azim Premji of Wipro has dedicated 50% of the shares of his company for providing quality education to the underprivileged. The returns from the 50% shares are expected to be more than Rs. 500 crores a year.


Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in the USA and Azim Premji started business to create wealth and when they had enough wealth they thought of sharing a portion of their wealth with the society, especially the underprivileged sections, as a part of their social responsibility.  But Dr. Kurian John Melamparambil, the founder of Melam Charities became an entrepreneur to generate resources for humanitarian work. He strongly believes that all are doing business with other’s money i.e. public money either from the bank or from shareholders. Hence a business man is the trustee of public money and therefore the society has a right and the business man has an obligation to share his profit with the society. When he started the business, Melam Foods he had decided to contribute progressively up to 90% of the profit for philanthropy. At present he is spending 50% of the profit of his business for medical treatment of needy persons. He has supported more than 1,50,000 persons for medical treatment and he is providing the help through 1050 hospitals in and around Kerala.


The breed of Azim Premji and Dr. Kurian needs to be increased. The various resources, especially wealth and money, God has given us are not meant only for us. When we do not share our resources with the needy and flaunt them we become slaves of money and loose the goal of life. But when we develop the God given resources and share them with the needy we are contributing to the building of the Kingdom of God and simultaneously make our life meaningful and joyful. 


Fr. Jacob Peenickaparambil CMI

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