Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
"For men it is impossible, but not for God. For God, all things are possible."
1 Peter 1:3-9, Psalm 111:1-2, 5-6, and 10c, & Mark 10:17-27
Today, the Gospel speaks to us about "inheriting eternal life." We hear about an affluent young man as he approaches our Lord to ask what he must do to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus replies, in part, saying, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments." The man, encouraged, responds that he has kept the commandments since his childhood. What comes next most probably stuns him. Jesus reveals to him that there are two things he must do—He must sell and give away his possessions to the poor and follow Jesus as His disciple. Saddened, the man went away. Afterward, Jesus tells the disciples that it will be difficult for the wealthy to enter heaven.
By way of example, our Lord uses 'wealth' to help us to capture the true meaning of our salvation. Most of us are not rich enough to have all the means and possessions we desire in this world. Therefore, we must consider what Jesus means by "wealth." It represents our attachments and devotions in this world and in our lives. Our riches may take the form of money, things, career, fame—all which separates us from God.
Jesus is reminding us that it is not money that hinders us from the Kingdom of Heaven. Rather, it is the 'attachment' we have to them which becomes our 'wealth.' To enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we cannot place our faith in the world's pursuits and possessions. We must be emptied of our earthly treasure to fill ourselves with God's abundant treasure in heaven. Amen.
Question of the Day: What earthly 'treasure' do you keep close? How do 'things' separate you—from others and God?
Prayer: "Jesus Christ became poor although He was rich, so that by His poverty you might become rich. Alleluia, alleluia."