Tuesday, August 19, 2014

“[I]t is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” – [Matthew 19:24]

     This is from today’s Gospel reading.  But let’s make sense of it by looking at the next two verses.  “When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’” – [Matthew 19:25-26]
     In Jesus’ time, it was commonly held that God blessed those who found great favor with Him with great riches.  That is why the disciples, at one time, ask what a blind man or his family had done that the blind man was born blind.  Jesus is challenging and changing that belief.
     Jesus’ response shows that He is talking about something that the disciples are not.  Jesus is saying that riches mean nothing, because we cannot buy ourselves into the Kingdom of God.  We, ourselves, cannot do anything to get into Heaven without God.
     Owning riches is not what keeps us from entering Heaven.  It is when the riches own us.  Are we free to let them go or are we imprisoned by them?  After all, Jesus wants us free.  “He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives …  to let the oppressed go free” – [Luke 4:18]

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