He writes of a PBS television special called "Affluenza," which addressed what it called the "modern-day plague of materialism" (p31). Also,
God created us to love people and use things, but materialists love things and use people. 33Then there's this which addresses both last week's gospel warning against covetousness and today's warning about possessions,
Greed surfaces in possessiveness and covetousness. Possessiveness relates to what we have, covetousness to what we want. Possessiveness is being selfish to what we own, not quick to share. To covet is to long for and to be preoccupied with having what God hasn't given us. It' s the passion to possess what is not ours. (p34)Should I mention (confess) that God doesn't seem to have given me a sleek, shiny white MacBook? Sigh.
My morning St James Devotional Guide gospel this morning was from Mark 14. These two verses came at me with a wee twist:
51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked."Ran away naked" was the phrase that lit up. You know how they do. Now that linen cloth was a fairly important possession from which to run away, I'd say. Why is the fact that it was linen recorded?
Perhaps we should be doing a little more of that, running away from our stuff, linen and otherwise; not naked necessarily, but more lightly clothed perhaps?
And, by the way, one final off-the-topic (wierdish) thought...Run Away Naked would be a good name for a band, I thought. I suggested it to my son the musician, but he was strangely unexcited. You heard it first here.
More than enough, already.