Our Lord told us to, “Make friends with dishonest wealth.” Father Michael Kelly, who was pastor of St. Paul’s Riverside from the sixties to the eighties took that saying to mean that people should donate to the church. Father Kelly’s quaint way of putting that was, “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.”
In line with supporting the church, St. Paul thanked the people of Philipi for insisting that he take support from them. Everywhere else Paul supported himself with his tent-making trade, but the hospitality of the people of Philipi was so genuine that he could not refuse it.
If you have come on good times, and you are living well with your pensions and your air conditioning, Paul lets you feel that you are doing no wrong by enjoying the good times. He said, “I know how to live with abundance,” and he said, “I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry.”
If you were able to put up with hard times, you have the right to enjoy the good times when they come.
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