The world says that a lot of money and wealth is the sure sign of a successful life. But Jesus says happy are the poor and woe to those who are rich! The kingdom of God has a very different standard to measure the worth of life and success. The disciples who listened to Jesus, believed in him and left everything to follow him, are the most blessed. If one depends on himself or on other mortals he is a poor man but one who trusts in God is blessed. Jeremiah rightly tells in the first reading, “Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals… and blessed are those who trust in the Lord.” Money acquired by injustice and wealth kept to themselves without sharing to the poor obstruct our relationship with God and man. Luke’s ideal is the Jerusalem community where believers gave their possessions to the common fund as he describes in Acts 2.44-45; 4.32-37.