Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Morn reflections ...

Easter morn reflections ...

Fascinating article in the New York Times on the Wall Street brain drain ... (my first response is good riddance) ...

My second response: those who live by the dollar will die by the dollar.

Third: definition of sin: relentless self-interest.

Like junkies running from one street corner to another ...

But as the Apostle Paul reminds us, MONEY IS NOT the root of all evil (it's not that powerful), but it's the LOVE OF MONEY:

1 Timothy 6: 10 - For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

And as Jesus notes so accurately:

Matthew 6: 19 - 21: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The heart follows the treasure, so be sure to put your treasure in the right place.

The cross, the empty tomb, the vision, the dream ... are these not the right places?

As Frederick Buechner notes: If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. .... In terms of the world's sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who think he can follow him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under a cross than under a delusion.

And elsewhere, Paul writes: If our hope is only for this age, we are the most to be pitied.

On this grand and glorious Easter Sunday, let's keep in mind where we're putting our treasure, for there our heart will go, like a bee to sugar water.

Let's pay attention to the deep values that motivate us.

If we're Christians, let's be a little crazy for Jesus so that we can find our sanity, and, then, maybe help the world, too.

Jesus said, You're the salt of the earth and the light of the world ... let your light so shine that the world may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

May it be so ...

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