Day by day we are learning that much of our current economic crisis is the result of one age-old human charactistic: greed.
Even Alan Greenspan gas said as much when he recently admitted that he trusted in the banks and other financial institutions to self-regulate.
Greed, however, was more powerful than all the good intentions and all the good people who worked in those institutions.
Too bad he didn’t check in with the Church first. As faithful Christians, we honestly and openly admit that we often fall short of perfect behavior.
We know that unless we are held accountable, spiritually and in our behavior, we will take every advantage we can to give ourselves the “edge.”
This tendency to put ourselves first, even at the cost of others, is called “sin.” And sin is the result of the God-given gift of free will and choice.
This simply means that we naturally choose to “look out for #1,” …to seek self-survival as our basic attitude.
It’s in trusting that kind of attitude that has led us all to become caught up in this economic tsunami of historic proportions. All of us, up and down the line, have all desired our “piece of the pie.” As a result, many of us over-reached, and the credit “house of cards” has tumbled.
Into this world of self-focussed individuals, God has done something astounding and unbelievable. God has loved us.
God has loved us in full recognition that we want to “go it alone” and “do it our way.”
God has loved us with a love in Jesus Christ that shows us that even death will not stop the unconditional love of God.
This kind of love gives us hope and promise even in a world that has become even more uncertain and frightful than we thought.
This kind of love give us strength to realize that what really counts, an eternal love and a soul healed by God, is able to withstand the loss of all