When we talked about simplicity and contentment, the elephant in the room is the phrase “within the bounds.” What is actually the boundary? When could we say enough is enough?
What I found interesting is how Jesus even omitted housing from basic necessity. Well, I assume he did speak about the topic, more or less, when he told us not to worry about what to eat, what to drink, and what to wear. And that the foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head. But I guess this is specifically for his Son of Man profile, no?
Paul, nevertheless, seemed to have a similar outlook. He wrote that as long as we have food and clothing, we shall be content. Thus I guess for Jesus and Paul the basic necessity, as defined today, would constitute nutrition and clothing. But, again, why no mention about housing? Indeed, they are Israelites, and for Israelites, land is important, no? Is it largely influenced by their respective vocation, as Paul, too, needed to move from place to place and hence he didn’t need a permanent home as well? Or is it influenced by other factors, such as the condition at that time, as they were colonized by the Romans and hence the concept of housing was irrelevant? Can we say with Paul that as long as we have food and clothing, we shall be content?
(By the way, Caiaphas is real!)