It is a mammonistic world!
September 19, 2010 4:48pm CST
I couldn't breathe! My daughters coerced me to check out the bargain we could get in the well advertised SM 3 day weekend sale. Not one to put myself in such a crowd, I conceded because my daughters' shoes and shirts are almost threadbare! But when inside the mall, I felt trapped and dizzy, so I deemed it wise to just sit at French Baker, munch a blueberry muffin, watch the shoppers, and probably peruse a book. But the noise reverberated in my auditory nerves. Although the centralized air condition was cold enough to hold the mammoth crowd, I felt ill. I was dazed by the movement, the sound, and sight of the multi-colored balloons, the varied and vivid store signs, the overwhelming number of products that bar the passageways. A woman passed by carrying two huge pillows. I wondered when was the last time I bought pillows, a decade or so ago, most probably. And a man pushed a trolley with 3 monobloc chairs in it, a good buy, I surmised. My daughters came back a good two hours later with two pairs of walking shoes and three shirts. We sipped some lemon tea, shared a walnut cookie and ate a creamy chicken a la king. Then we headed home. I was tired! The following day, a Sunday, a reading delved on how the rich would feed on the poor, something like waiting for the new moon so they could enrich themselves by utilizing the poor. And the gospel focused on an unworthy servant who used the poor workers to gain more for himself. At the end of the day, I was pondering about our weekend. Our Lord Jesus explicitly said You cannot serve both God and mammon. But the way I saw it, this weekend, many had chosen the mammon.
20 Sep 10
We went to the 3-day sale at SM as well. But we went on friday to take advantage of the additional 10% for SMAC members from 10am-12nn. LOL! We went home after that. I do believe in what the Bible said that we cannot serve both God and mammon. But I don't quite get the link between going to the sale and the message you heard on sunday. Would you mind explaining further, my friend? =)
20 Sep 10
Hi jonnifc, I don't want to be critical of the 3 day sale actually because it gives people a chance to buy some of the things they need at a lesser price. I was simply contemplating about the similarity of how the rich, during prophet Amos time ( 8th century BC), used the poor to gain more for themselves and how the capitalists now lure the people for more profit. And the people also allow themselves to be used because they also want many things for themselves. Then in the Gospel, our Lord made it clear that we cannot choose both God and mammon. The mammon is actually avarice.
20 Sep 10
Oh, ok. I get it now. Now don't get mad at me. I'm just gonna say my opinion. Well, I think the businessmen and the consumers are just trading. The vendors are selling, and the consumers are buying. We can't really judge the motives of each group for participating in this trade and label these motives as avarice. Who are we to know whether the capitalists are using a 3-day sale to gain excessive riches? Maybe for some of them, their current profits are too low to sustain their businesses, that's why they are trying to sell what they can sell at the least price possible. And for the consumers, it's not really greed to buy something that you need or maybe even buy a few things that each family member wants. With the current economy it's not a surprise if a lot of those who bought many things during the sale wouldn't buy anything at all if the prices were regular. Sure there were lots of people there. But how many of them actually bought so many things that they will be in debt because of it? And I don't mean those who used credit cards. I mean, actually spending more than they will earn. Because that's when it becomes excessive desire for possessions or material things. Peace!
21 Sep 10
jonni, I wish it is as simplistic as that. But the way I perceive it, in this country, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The new mansions are made of glass now, and yet the people that cramped in a shanty by the floodway had become more miserable. SM Antipolo is on the rise just 9 km away, up the stretch of Marcos Hi-way. Right at that intersection, a group of rugby boys beg for alms. I know businessmen meant business and profit. But our faith reminds us that we have a duty to love our neighbor.
• United States
19 Sep 10
Okay, I wondered what you meant and now I see..Yes, unfortunately that is where the majority of the world is, it's all about the money...Can't wait until Jesus comes back and this mess is all over...
• United States
21 Sep 10
I know eileen, I am somewhat dealing with my son on this issue and I think he is getting it. He is saving up his tithe, (He doesn't get much, so make make a difference he separates his tithes from his save and spending money) and the other day he said he wants to send his money to those who need it the most..I was so proud of him when he said that..:)
• Pamplona, Spain
25 Sep 10
Hiya eileen, Don´t you like many crowded place then? I know what you are writing about just sounds like very crowded places overwhelm you somewhat seeing as you had to sit down and eat something. Maybe a bit of anxiety and the heat mixed together.