Gula

“Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen” BCP

Gula is the Latin word for Gluttony. The word usually refers to taking in overly excessive behavior to the point of being wasteful. The common association is with food, but it is not limited to that material alone. It can be any material thing that we attempt to not only control but drown ourselves in order to find pleasure and fulfillment.

This vice can seem good on the surface and might even be called self-actualization. However, it reflects a dark side of our humanity: Greed. This is related to another we will cover later, but it shows how pervasive our fallen nature is. We have the ability to take in such a way that moves past thankfulness without thinking of it and moves right over that cliff into the abyss of destruction.

We can see the effects of gluttony in the current Economic and Ecological devastation in the world and America’s veracious appetite. Credit card debt, mortgage crises, global warming, and even war are evidence of this reality. We want and take so much, but it brings turmoil in nature and relationships.

Christ showed us and calls us to not seek to provide for our lives in a wasteful way but to share with others so that all needs are provided. This not only is an act of surrender to His will. It is an act of trust that he will fulfill us. We must take up our cross and live out this submissive reality.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. – Philippians 2:5

What do you want? Do you use so much of it that it is wasteful? What can you do to practice more sacrificial giving over wasteful hoarding?

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