Fr. Carl’s Corner


“There is no trailer hitch on a hearse.” Many of us have heard this saying regarding collecting and saving money and all which we hold as our valuable treasures. This saying is true. But we can’t live without money, can we? After all, we need a paycheck. We need food on our tables. No argument about that! We came into the world empty-handed, and we shall leave life emptyhanded. However, we can’t survive empty-handed in the meantime. With God’s grace, we cultivate the skills necessary to survive.

Today’s readings center around money, the benefits of money and the dangers of avarice, greed for wealth or material gain.

In our second reading, Paul reminds us that earning a living is very worldly, and to do it successfully, one must be ambitious, work hard, train and develop one’s skills – but to do it without sacrificing moral and ethical values. Not everyone can do this. Why? Scripture reminds us that the love of money gets in the way. With how little can we be content?

When we consider some of the social challenges of our day: the care for those who are homeless, the working poor, those who have run from danger in their country, giving up everything and looking for asylum, Jesus shows us his soft-spot for the poor. Jesus had what social theologians call a “preferential option for the poor.” Maybe it is because he himself was poor. He didn’t own a house. He had no stocks or transportation. He had a trade, yet when the disciples knew him he was not gainfully employed. Truth be told, Jesus would not be the kind of person that most of us would hang out with today.

How do we come to terms with the tensions that exist between the need to survive (the income or the paycheck that is necessary) and the thirst to acquire more than we need? Jesus and the apostle Paul, who we both hear from this weekend, suggest that our actions must be guided by compassion. Be humble, be realistic, be generous, be faithful, and with God’s grace pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love and endurance.

As we grow together, a new community in faith, hope and love, I pray we will all keep in mind those poor and oppressed who live among and around us. The reason why is clear – we can not really consider ourselves God’s people if we ignore them! May God give us the wisdom and courage to keep this in mind as we “Build Our New Reality!”

Have a blessed week ahead.

With you a Christian. For you a priest.

Father Carl Morello
Pastor of St. Catherine-St. Lucy and St. Giles Parish