of the great saints in the early Church were rich and members of the
royalty. There is nothing wrong with riches; it is the love for riches
that Christ condemned. . .which, unfortunately, is a common vice among the
rich, and which made Christ comment that it is easier for a camel to enter
the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of
the rich man, lost his soul; and his sin was simply enjoying his wealth.
Scriptures was clear, he had no other sin. Just that.
rich are those who love the things of the world. And so, the poor who desire
worldly things that they do not have and might never have are
"rich". "Rich" signifies the number of worldly desires
one has. The more worldly desires, the richer one is.
rich are those who do not know how to use their riches. The assets that God
bestows upon a person are to be used to bring him back to God. To use them
to go further away from God is to misuse them. To keep one's wealth hidden
while our neighbors have need of it is to misuse it. There is nothing wrong
with riches; it is one's heart that is at fault.
rich are those who seem to enjoy simply multiplying their riches though they
have more than enough. They find a sense of achievement and consolation in
increasing their wealth.
rich satisfy, as much as possible, their every desire. In the spiritual
life, this will make a soul weak against all the stings of temptation. Such
souls become spiritually effeminate and incapable of any act of
they live consoling lives, getting almost everything they want, Christ says,
in the next life they will have no consolation . . . i.e., they will not
possess the kingdom of heaven.