Tuesday, October 21, 2008

QUOTES: Augustine on Luke 12:12-21

Image by Hugh Dyer

Greed wants to divide, just as love desires to gather.

--St. Augustine, Sermon 265.9

My default image of greed is that of a miser surrounded by as many coins and dollar bills as he can get. But Augustine forces me to refine my image and my speech. Misers do not gather, they hoard. On the other hand, hens do not hoard, they gather their chicks under their wings.

Lord, teach me the difference between hoarding and gathering, and help me to a person who unites, rather than separates or scatters.

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