Friends, we’re not dealing here with a “Reverend Ike” philosophy. He was am American preacher in the 1970’s who promised his radio and TV listeners that they would receive a blessing and prosperity if they would send him money. He was noted for saying that “it is the lack of money that is the root of all evil.” His ownership of many homes and over two dozen cars (including a few Rolls-Royces) displayed his success in raising money with such empty promises.
When St. Matthew quotes Jesus as promising a “reward” for those who take care of his prophets and missionaries, he’s not setting up a kind of hierarchy to make sure that such people would get rich. Instead, he is saying that all disciples of Jesus must do all they can to advance the kingdom of God, and that especially includes taking care of His evangelists. Jesus does not tell us to do this “and receive a monetary reward.” All of us are called, as baptised disciples of Jesus, to be “Christ-ians” or Christ-bearers. Can people see the face of Christ when they look at you? If not, why not? You and I are called to become a blessing to everyone we meet.
These are tough times, times that call for us to be “stand up” Christians, to fight pro-actively for Christian values in a very sick society that is made so by proabortion and pro-euthanasia advocates. Siding with Jesus may cause divisions in families; but if you are clinging to the Truth as taught by Jesus Christ, then any division caused by others is really their own challenging of the Holy Spirit!
Adam and Eve tasted the forbidden fruit. It was very tempting, very tasty, but brought its own reward: eviction from the presence of God. Remember that old saying-“Be careful what you wish for!” Remember, all is grace. Every morning, ask God to show you how He wants you to serve Him, and He will provide those opportunities for you to serve others.