Commentary on the Gospel of
People who believe in God and in God’s providence do not have it any easier than others; in fact they often have it harder. A business person (Matthew, for example in his tax-gathering days) would say there were no short-term benefits. What about the long-term benefits? Preachers have played this card with the shamelessness of businessmen. Their hearers were prepared for it, because they all remembered by heart the catechism answer to why we are on this earth, “To know, love, and serve God, and by this means to be happy with him forever in heaven.” God then was a means to my happiness. It is not surprising that many found Mammon could do it better.