Vincent asked, “I wonder how many people know where the saying, “the writing on the wall” originated. This was another dream this time of King Belshazzar who committed a sacrilege by using the captured Jewish sacred vessels for his great feast. While he and his many lords, wives and concubines were feasting a hand appeared, writing on the wall. The king was terrified and called in Daniel who told him, “
:”you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven and the vessels of his house have been brought in before you and you have drunk wine from them and you have praised gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath and whose are all your ways you have not honoured. The words, MENE, TEKEL and PARSIN mean that your days are numbered, you have been found wanting and your kingdom will be divided. After this the king died. Daniel 5.
In our day and age do we show the kind of respect we should for sacred items and do we also worship idols, like money and possessions? Are we ever afraid of being punished for these sins when we die?
Pope Francis: One challenge of today is our relationship with money since we calmly accept its dominion over ourselves and our societies. The current financial crises originated in the denial of the primacy of the human person. We have created new idols, the worship of the gold calf has returned in the idolatry of money. EG55