This post is part of a 7-week blog series through the 7 Deadly Sins (Pride, Envy, Anger, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth, and Greed). The 7 Deadly Sins are traditionally acknowledged as root vices that provoke an array of sinful behavior. At no point does the Bible outline this particular list of seven sins, and yet Christians throughout history have found this framework to be helpful. In the end, the purpose of this blog series is to guide and grow our practice of private confession.
Heavenly Father, you give good gifts to your children (Matthew 7:11). From age to age, you are unceasingly generous, and even when you take away, you are giving. You have given us your creation to steward and to enjoy, but my pure enjoyment of material things has turned into material-ism. I am greedy. I have desired wealth inordinately, and it has left me impoverished. I have gained, and yet I have lost. I hoard in the name of saving. I spend to gratify my selfish desires. O God, my greed does violence to your Bride. You have given to the Church both the wealthy and the impoverished, that we might attain to the high privilege of restoring equity by our love for one another. Give me eyes to see my money as a currency of grace, as a means through which to bless others. Thank you for Jesus, through whom you have blessed me with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3). By the poverty of Christ, I have been made truly rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). Give me grace and strength to follow Christ even in His poverty, to know the heavenly power of being freed of my false gods and earthly desires (Philippians 3:19). By your Holy Spirit, reveal to me the true nature of Jesus’ poverty on my behalf, and work in me all that I can bear, that by sharing in His poverty, I might share in His wealth. Amen.