From a Christian point of view wealth is a gift of God. It is he who “gives us power to make wealth,” and it therefore has a sacramental quality. It is one way that he confirms his covenant with his people. In an age of capitalism vs. socialism and income inequality, Christians should be grounded in how the Scriptures talk about the tangible blessings of God. This homily was the first in series of homilies throughout Lent, 2014, and was offered on March 9.