“At this point in human history we have enough material resources to feed, clothe, shelter, and educate every living individual on Earth. Not only that: we have at the same time the global capacity to enhance health care, fight major diseases, and considerably clean up the environment.”
I read this quote in a book I was reading for a project at school and I was in complete shock. Isn’t it odd that all of this hasn’t been done, if we have the material resources to do so? We as a society have put ourselves, and our needs above all. I will be the first to admit how many times materialism becomes a priority in my life, especially when the Christmas shopping season is approaching quickly. As Christmas is just around the corner, we need to be reminded to be humble and thankful for all that we have. I always get sucked into the Christmas cheer and all the commercials on T.V and find myself saying ‘Oh, I NEED that!’ The truth is I don’t need that beautiful sweater or those new Nikes. We get sucked into all the materialistic things and forget about those who are in greater need of things that we take for granted like food, shelter and warm clothing. As the holiday season approaches let us be reminded that it isn’t about going on huge shopping splurges on those great deals at the mall, but instead on the birth of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Let us be reminded, myself being the first, to give a helping hand to those who truly NEED a sweater, or a pair of shoes. This gospel reading in my mind, perfectly illustrates the meaning of putting others true needs before our own.
Luke 14:1, 12-15
At that time, Jesus entered the home of a certain ruler of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread. He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” When one of those who sat at table with him heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
Written By: Elleni Asimakis