INSATIABLE DESIRE OF THE COVETOUS
The greedy man is never satisfied; not only
because it is impossible for him to obtain all men's goods, but also because
whatever he may have he will always count as nothing. But the true
Christian, a despiser of riches, will deem it all superfluous to be rich,
and will not have to punish his soul with endless desires.
Desire is a punishment; for nothing so
completely answers the definition of punishment as desire deprived of
gratification, a mark of a perverse mind. Look at it this way. Isn't
he perverse who lusts after riches, who has much possessions and yet
considers himself as possessing nothing? And thinking he still does not
possess much, he bewails his state? And as he grows richer and richer, his
pain becomes greater and greater.
Every time he gains a hundred talents, he
bewails he did not gain a thousand; and if he gains a thousand, he feels
himself even poorer because, now, he wants ten thousand.
St. John Chrysostom