Straight from today’s edition of The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger:
Now THIS is something to celebrate! C’mon! $4,200,000 renovation on a church! Yeah!
Oh, wait. Hold on a minute. You mean that instead of using $4,200,000 to help those who are in desperate need right now, enough money to house and feed all of Jackson’s homeless and needy for a LONG LONG TIME, they used money to (and I’m quoting here):
“restore stenciling on the gothic ceiling ridges, designs behind the side marble altars… a mural above the high altar… to provide… a numinous experience of God through the sacred liturgy and offer many opportunities for spiritual growth…”
Yes. That is what they did. And I should be quoting Jesus here regarding the appropriate use of that money. I should, but He didn’t exactly advocate such things any more than He advocated having His church look for nice patio furniture or really cool choir robes.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. Heb 13:5
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your posessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then, come follow me. Matt 19:21
Yeah, I’m thinking that He wouldn’t be “celebrating” like the people at St. Peter’s. Just think of how much patio furniture you could have bought with $4.2m!