Having watched Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I was inspired to do a reflection on it. I found a suitable subject as I watched the movie. It taught me the temptation of Greed, the temptation of Gold, Jewels and Gemstones.
There were several events where Thorin II Oaken-Shield, the leader/King of the dwarves were on their quest to retake the dwarven city of Erebor and to reclaim the Arkenstone or else known as the King’s Jewel. Possession of the Arkenstone represented the authority to rule the Kingdom of Erebor and the title of “King under the Mountain” as said by King Thrór. Several events showed that Thorin had completely forgotten about the main purpose of retaking Erebor and then focused only in retrieving the Arkenstone. It was when he left Kili in Dale as he would not let one dwarf of his company to slow him down. By doing this, he showed selfishness.
Another event was when he sent Bilbo alone to retrieve the stone while also sending him to grave danger as the dragon Smaug was also in the chamber where the Arkenstone was at. When Bilbo escaped Smaug, Thorin discovered that Bilbo didn’t have the Arkenstone yet, and so he pointed his sword to Bilbo’s throat and might have thought of killing him till Smaug came upon them. In the end, if you had read the book, Thorin says this , “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.“
Now, as we look at this in our own lives. are we that greedy when it comes to money? And in the end we regret falling into sin.
1 Timothy 6:10:” For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.“
Ask and ponder on this: With all our riches…. when we leave this Earth, even if we have millions of gold or use a Golden Coffin, that gold will not follow you.
James 5:1-3 :” Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.“
Greed is something that almost everyone is guilty of. In the Italian Renaissance, in the darkest days of the Church, the popes were more like kings and used their wealth to conquer new lands in the name of the Lord when our doctrines were mainly to bring peace, not destruction. Now in the present day, it is not so bad. My father especially was pleased to hear that Pope Francis had been elected as the Pope as he knew the weight of poverty.
Jesus was buried normally and he wore normal clothes. He was Someone who ate with sinners, the blind, the lame and the poor. But so many of his followers are all so different from him. I am not asking you to wear as a beggar would. If it is God’s will that we have enough money for ourselves, we should not let greed overcome us. If you are wealthy as I consider myself to be, try to donate to the less fortunate. If you are middle-class, even bringing a poor person to your house for dinner is good. Let us try to be like Jesus, our Lord.
Lord, let us not be greedy and let us donate to the poor and spread your love to the world, Amen.