Wis. 7:7-11/ Heb. 4:12-13 /Mk. 10:17-30
Today in the Gospel
we hear about a rich man
who came up to Jesus and
asked what he must do to gain eternal life.
Jesus tells him to follow the commandments. . .
which the rich young ruler claims
that he had done since his youth.
Then Jesus looks at him with love. . .
everything Jesus asks us to do is because He loves us. . .
“you lack only one thing”. . .
“Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven;
then come, follow me.”
And then we hear,
What I think, are the saddest words
in all of the Gospels. . .
[the rich man’s] face fell,
and he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.”
He threw away the
most important opportunity of His life. . .
To follow Jesus without conditions. . .
Without counting the costs. . .
Not having a clue what he would be gaining.
The great Protestant preacher
Fredrick Buescher said this
MONEY. . .
The more you think about it,
the less you understand it.
The paper it’s printed on isn’t worth a red cent.
There was a time you could take it to the bank
and get gold or silver for it,
but all you’d get now
would be a blank stare.
If the government declared that the
leaves of the trees were money. . .
so there would be enough for everybody. . .
money would be worthless.
It has worth only if there is not enough for everybody. . . .
The value of money,
like stocks and bonds,
goes up and down for reasons
not even the experts can explain
and at moments nobody can predict,
so you can be a millionaire one moment and
a pauper the next without lifting a finger.
Great fortunes can be made and
lost completely on paper.
There is more concrete reality
in a baby’s throwing its rattle out of the crib.
There are people who use up their entire lives
making money so they can enjoy the lives
they have entirely used up.
Jesus says that it’s easier for a camel
to go through the eye of a needle than
for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.
Maybe the reason is not that
the rich are so wicked
they’re kept out of the place. . .
but that they’re so out of touch with reality
they can’t see it’s a place worth getting into.
[but that they’re so out of touch with reality
they can’t see it’s a place worth getting into.]
No truer words have been spoken!!!
Brothers and Sisters in Christ. . .
Do not be afraid of Christ!
He takes nothing away. . .
He only loves. . .
He only gives!!!
Holy Spirit 10/9-10/2021