been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary called Magdalene, who had been freed of seven
demons; Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward; Suzanna and others who provided for them
out of their own funds.
The love of money is the root of every evil. This verse is often misquoted, leaving off the first
three words. Paul is not cautioning his readers about money itself, but about an unhealthy,
unholy relationship with money. Some people may love money more than they love God or
neighbor. In those cases, money can lead to sinful behavior, allowing greed, self-indulgence,
and exploitation, especially of the poor.
But the Gospel points toward a healthier, holier relationship with money. Mary, Joanna, and
Suzanna used their money to support Jesus’ ministry. In the same vein, Paul encourages us
to think about how we use our wealth (meager though it may be). Once we have met our
own basic needs and the needs of those for whom we are responsible, anything left should
be used for the benefit of all, especially the poor, Saint Basil taught that our excess belonged
to the poor in justice. May we seek holy simplicity of life so that others may live in dignity.
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