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Is It Bad To Be Rich

Jesus speaks of a startling contrast. “Blessed are you who are poor, …. but woe to you who are rich” (Lk 6:20,24). Mary too, in her Magnificat, says that God “lifted up the lowly…. (but) the rich he has sent away empty” (Lk 1:52,53). Why such a fate for the rich? Jesus says this is because they have received their consolation (Lk 6:24). And in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the reason given by Abraham why the poor man went to heaven and the rich man went to the netherworld was because the latter “received what was good during (his) lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad” (Lk 16:25).

So is it bad to be rich? Are the rich destined for hell?

We need to understand that God intends all His children to have an equitable share in the world's goods. This was God's intent from creation, where He provided richly for the needs of all. But with sin, inequity resulted. At another time, God propounded a radical socio-economic system, where the needs of the poor would be attended to. Laws were given to Moses at Mount Sinai, which included prescriptions for the sabbatical and jubilee years (Lev 25). But still, sin got in the way. Then, after Jesus' own ministry on earth, he sent the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, community was formed, empowered by the Spirit. It worked well enough so that no one was in need. But today we are back to square one.

Even today, as always, God intends for us to be one body, with Christ as the head. As a community, we are supposed to care for one another, such that there will be no one in need. This was the way of the first Christian community after Pentecost. Thus every Christian is his brother's keeper, and every Christian is a steward of God's resources, i.e., the world's goods.

But what do we see among Christians today? In predominantly Christian (and Catholic) Philippines, the gap between the rich and the poor keeps getting wider. Throughout the world, the economic gap between the rich and poor countries also keeps getting wider. There is an inequitable sharing of the world's goods. This is a failure in sharing, in stewardship, in solidarity. This is the sin that subjects the rich to condemnation.

To be an otherwise good person (i.e., one does not kill, steal, commit immorality, etc.), but to neglect the needs of the poor is to be guilty of injustice. God gives us resources not just for ourselves, but for us to use to help others. And so if we are selfish and unjust stewards, then we are guilty of sin, and thus stand condemned.

Consider the scene of the last judgment in Matthew 25. What is the criterion for going to heaven or to hell? It is what we did to the least of our brethren - the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and imprisoned. In other words, the poor. The ones condemned to hell are those who did nothing to meet the needs of the poor. This was the case with the rich man who lived extravagantly but did nothing for the poor man Lazarus. Being an unjust steward, he stood condemned.

Woe to the rich? It is simply a matter of justice. And so, while most consider wealth or resources as blessings, these can be a great burden. These not only can lead us into temptation and a trap, thence to ruin and destruction (1 Tim 6:9), but also demand from us an active living out of our stewardship, with terrible consequences if we do not. For the rich, it is not an option to help the poor, rather it is a matter of life and death. Life and death for the rich, not the poor!

In turn, “blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh.” (Lk 6:20-21). The poor are blessed because for many of them, with hardly any resources to their name, there is no room to be selfish and thus unjust. The poor are blessed because they suffer injustice at the hands of the rich, thus sharing in the sufferings of Christ, which becomes salvific. The poor are blessed because whatever else happens on earth, they are assured of their reward in heaven.

May the rich not only be content to receive their consolation and what is good in this life, but to look to the life hereafter, where they will live forever in God's presence, and in the company of the poor whose needs they met in this life.

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