Archbishop Joseph Harris said there is too much greed in this country.
During his homily at Ash Wednesday services, Harris repeatedly referred to greed and people’s obsession with money as a major issue affecting the church and by extension society.
Harris added, “The recession has hit us, with the ensuing job losses, and the gap between rich and poor widens every day. Some of us live very well but an increasing number of our sisters and brothers, many of them our relatives and friends, are finding it extremely difficult to make ends meet. There is a rise in hopelessness but as Christians we do not allow ourselves to lose heart.
“We must seek reconciliation with God because like the Israelites of old, we have created other gods for ourselves and have worshipped them. Money and pleasure and power have become our points of reference. We have forgotten the first commandment,” Harris said.
Harris believed that greed is also a major contributing factor to spikes in crime.
The Archbishop added, “Money, having become our point of reference, has led us into all kinds of problems; illicit drugs, arms, human trafficking and the problems which accompany them. Financial corruption. We have forgotten the scriptures which say to us that “the love of money is the root of all evils” and that “we cannot serve God and money.”
Harris continued, “Let us do this as the gospel reading suggests, not to impress others but so that the heavenly Father will see the likeness of his Son in us and redeem our land,” he said.