Archive for September 2015

Anxiety: the Root Issue?

September 29, 2015

AnxietyHere’s what I think. I think anxiety is at the root of every kind of evil. It’s the number one killer. It makes our bodies susceptible to a plethora of illnesses. It destroys people’s self-image. It’s at the root of all the isms – racism, sexism, consumerism. It starts wars, and turns some into full-blown genocide.

I know that Paul says the love of money is at the root of all evil. In the gospel reading a couple of days ago Jesus highlights the challenges money can create for a disciple: “No one can serve two masters…. You cannot serve both God and Money.

But in the next paragraph Jesus identifies how and why money can become an obsession: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

We worry. We basically worry about two things – losing our lives or never finding them. When money becomes a god it lures us with the twin promises of security and fulfillment. ‘I can do all things through money which strengthens me.’ (more…)