We’re going to take a peek at the gospel readings that you’ll hear in Orthodox Churches in the upcoming month. There’s a theme that runs through all of them related to wealth and poverty and our response.
Let’s jump right into it.
What is The Second Liturgy?
The Second Liturgy is a new podcast hosted by Ancient Faith Radio. As our first episode comes out, we thought it would be a good idea to give some background on what this is all about.
The purpose of this podcast is to get us thinking about how to love our neighbors as ourselves, specifically those with material needs, and to not just talk about it, but to get involved. We’re two guys leading a discussion, asking questions on topics related to poverty that don’t get a lot of air time.
I was still thinking about our last blog post when a blog by Fr. Stephen Freeman popped up in my feed: Strange That Our Money Says: In God We Trust. He takes a look at current American culture, including the development of the Middle Class, and contrasts it with biblical mandates and the teaching and practices of saints throughout the history of the Church. We have many warnings about the potential traps of wealth, including St. Clement calling wealth a "dangerous and deadly disease."
He wraps up with a remedy:
My own take regarding this is that we should pursue a persistent generosity and resist our urges towards ever greater ownership. A simple means of renouncing wealth is to confess that we own nothing, but only have the use of our goods for a short time. The Christian attitude towards wealth in the early centuries threatened the very halls of empire. The gospel has not changed.
- written by Timm Wenger