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On Wealth and Poverty Paperback – December 31, 1999
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The moral implications of the several sermons contained in this 'one sermon' are massive. The sermons all revolve around the story of the Rich man and Lazarus in Luke and he explands on how even the slightest of monetary pleasures should be avoided and the money given to the poor instead because there will always be those who need help; children, old and infirmed, injured and disables, etc. The lessons he teached by way of Christ are ones which we need now more than ever.
I just think that every rich man who read it will either reject it or repent. It is too powerful to the extent that I believe almost all who read it will:
1. Redefined what is "wealth" and "poverty" and along with that, who are actually the "rich man" and "poor man"
2. Rethink of their attitude toward the poor and the rich
3. Repent from their selfishness
Surely I use hyperbole in the above description. But that's the way of rhetoric which Chrysostom and even Jesus himself apply in their sermons.
My critique is that Chrysostom certainly use some speculations in his interpretation. You will find it yourself when you read the book.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from his book:
"the rich man is not the one who has collected many possessions but the one who needs few possessions; and the poor man is not the one who has no possessions but the one who has many desires.
The wisdom gained from this wise saint can be applied just as easily today as it could have done when the sermons were first delivered centuries ago. In this day and age, when wealth and materialism have permeated every aspect of society and culture, books such as this one come up as priceless spiritual treasures for all Christians who seek to live according to the life in Christ.
Rich man. The rich man ignored the misery and the poverty of Lazarus, however the rich man remains
unnamed and anonymous in eternity while Lazarus basked in the arms of the Patriarch Abraham in Paradise.
St. John Chrysostom digs into the nook and crannies of this fabulous parable and mines out the gold nuggets
That pertain and are appropriate to our present affluent and apathetic generation.
This book is a timeless classic teaching profoundly the truths that are so easily overlooked and cast aside in this
"Me First" society.
Here you will learn who is truly rich and who is poor.
This book should be mandatory reading for every elected official! Send it to the President, your Congressmen and women, your Governor, Legislators and any one you love! If more people tried to live their lives by St. John's teachings, the world would be a better place.
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