From the beginning of human existence there were always differences between haves and have-nots. All attempts to equalize what people posses never amounted too much. Usually it brought more harm than good.
The reason for this is that a human dictators or a self-appointed elites are unable to see what’s in the heart and mind of another human. They always misread people. The modern attempt futile to employ AI to pick into the minds and the brains of us. But, the truth is that no one, not even with the help of fantastic technology that we enjoy today, can see what is in the hearts and minds of others.
Only God can! He sees you and me through. He knows our thoughts! Even the devil cannot read our thoughts. He has a good guess and can suggest/ tempt us with a lot of trash. Hence, when I pray, I am really been privileged to have a personal, private, secure from any interference, audience with the Most High, the Almighty.
Now, through centuries of propoganda, we are programmed to see those who have little, or nothing, more spiritual as those who have more or much (relative to our subjective calculations). There are a lot of historical, ideological and theological reasons for that. We do not have space to explore that here. It is all relative to my personal views. If I make a $100.00 and spend $10.00 on unhealthy junk food. If I ask others what do they htink about it. Most people would probably laugh and say: ” Man, it’s your money, you can do whatever. I don’t care”. If someone would troll me on social media, confront me personally, and make a big issue out of it. Arguing that this dollars should be given to the poor, not enjoying a sugary unhealthy drinks. I honestly, and most people, would think you are a mad man.
So, if someone has a $100 Millions and gives $10Millions to restore a church, we feel justified to condemn and judge that person. Playing the role of Judas, we exclaim, “Oh, it should have been given to the poor!” Really? We feel nothing wrong with wasting our 10% on whatever, because it is so little in comparison. But, we feel justified to condemn others if the give their 10% for something they believe in, because it looks so big to us.
In condemning others we become the classical hypocrites. Statistics show that average person gives to charities less than 1% from what they make. We should stop trying to judge others why and what they do. We will never understand true motives of others. It is our business to invest our 10% in what we believe in, and leave others to do the same.
The Spirit of Judas the traitor, the thief and hypocrite is well alive today. This spirit does not really care about the poor. This spirit wants to use other peoples money to help himself. It comes in different dressings and under different names: communism, socialism, social justice, equality, equal pay, distribution of wealth, spiritual asceticism, religiosity, etc. …
Why don’t we all mind our own business well and manage the “talents” that were given to us wisely! This is much more satisfying! It makes God smile and bless us even more.
‘Mary took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” ‘
The Gospel according to St. John 12:3-8