The Silver Plate
There was a very rich man who despite of being rich, was lonely, sad, empty. This rich man being fed up with his life, went to see a wise monk for advice. “I am rich, I can buy anything I want but why can’t I be happy? Why do I feel lonely?” the rich man asked the monk. The monk asked for the rich man’s silver treasure. Thinking it was some kind of payment, the rich man generously gave the monk plenty of his silver treasure. The monk asked the rich man to wait as he left. After a while, the monk returned and asked the rich man to come with him. He brought the rich man to a dark room with a small window, told the rich man to look at the window and asked what he sees. “I see beautiful trees, flowers, happy children playing, old people having fun conversations”. “It is a really beautiful scenery” the monk said. He then covered the window with a silver plate and asked the rich man what he see now. “I see myself. My reflection. Only me, alone in this dark room”. “Exactly” the monk replied. The monk continued talking, “that silver plate was the silver treasure you gave me earlier. I melted it and molded it into that silver plate. That plate which covered the beautiful scenery, that same plate where you now see yourself alone was your treasure”.
Brothers and sisters, being rich is not wrong. It is not evil. It is not against God to be have plenty of treasure. But making god out of our treasure is. Most of the time we tend to be very busy wanting to gain material things that we forget to pray and seek God. We fail to feel the true joy and fulfillment of being with God and His people.
Pause for a while
I pray for you all