Posted: 19 Aug 2013 06:30 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. 30 But many that are first will be last, and the last first. Matt 19:23-30
Reflection: “Wealth and riches are in his house; and his righteousness endures forever.” Ps 112:3
These are the blessings the Psalmist proclaims on those who fear the Lord and walks in the wisdom of his commandments.
Like most of those modern day prosperity gospel preachers most of the Jews always believed that it was a blessing to be rich and a curse to be poor.
No wonder the dedicated disciples found the statement of Jesus shocking and difficult to accept; for they had grown up with a mindset that talked about riches and prosperity for the righteous.
Could they be following Christ Jesus because they saw him as a future investment worth more than gold? By his walk and demeanor, Christ Jesus, was assuredly a pathway to prosperity. They would have to endure his poverty but for a little while only.
“Who then can be saved?” (vs. 25b) was a statement made by these dedicated disciples, with great astonishment.
It seems that Jesus was really against riches and wealth and against the rich and the wealthy?
We could have riches and wealth and can get so enamored by it that we could end up worshipping them.
We could miss out on the purpose and plan that God has for each one of us; a plan for our happiness and eternity.
But with riches we can create our own world of happiness, apart from God; No wonder money can make people happy but God can do it better; he can make us happy even in the face of want and poverty.
How can any human being be so enamored by the gifts that they forget the giver of all gifts?
Yet this is the greatest reality with humans, they keep gathering up the gifts and likewise treat their children too in the same way.
Prayer: The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot. Ps 16:5
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