Change is coming and we are enjoined to hope that something better is ahead.
The Ransom of the Soul, Princeton historian Peter Brown explores how early Western Christians' understanding of the collapse of the empire of the day (Rome), and of wealth, bled into each other in an Augustinian piety in which inescapable sin required perpetual almsgiving for the construction of clerical institutions.
To get there, he describes the relation of money and the afterlife in the understanding of the first Christians, the ones for whom Jesus' warming of "rumors of war" and "not to lay up treasure in heaven" were more immediate.
I found Brown's picture of that early Christian understanding compelling:
For Brown this was prologue. I find quite enough to contemplate here without, yet, going further.