Poverty

…sell everything you have…
…it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle…
…consider the lilies of the field…
…no one can serve two masters…
…do not store up treasure…

…etc…

The crisis of an encounter with God will in the end make you impoverished.  That’s the point of the crisis.  If you don’t want to become impoverished, then don’t follow Christ.

Poverty is a requirement of the gospel.  It is mandatory for all Christians.  It is not a suggestion reserved for some.

No one can read Christ’s teachings on wealth and mistake them for moderation.

In Christ God became poor.  Doing so made him authentic with all people.  This willful poverty in response to the revolution begun by encountering God permeated the community life of the first Christians.

The church by definition is poor, and not simply for the poor or with the poor.

The point of poverty is – like all other traditional Christian rites – reduction.  You will find God in your poverty.  If you are poor and have not found God, then you are not yet poor enough.   If you are poor and have found God, you know the power of poverty…work hard to remain that way, others will want to trip you up with wealth.

There is no so-that to poverty.  Poverty itself is sacramental…liturgical…confessional…

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You cannot be a Christian and have a savings account.