Jesus talked about money a lot because he knew that our relationship to money matters. In our passage, Jesus says that you cannot serve God and wealth. In the original language, the word Jesus used for wealth was mammon. Mammon was an ancient “Syrian deity” a “god of riches,” wealth, and money. People worshipped mammon because they thought the god of money would save them from financial ruin. But Jesus knew that worshipping mammon would not save anyone. In fact, worshipping money leads to greed, which only destroys our relationships, our society, and as we are seeing today, greed is even destroying the earth.