Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Monday, August 19, 2013

My Reflection for Tuesday August 20, Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church, Matthew 19:23-30

Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it 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.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

Then Peter said to him in reply, “We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?”  Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
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My Reflection:
It would seem that Jesus is anti rich in today’s gospel reading but no HE is not. In fact Jesus wants us all to become rich so that we can generously share. So why is Jesus angry with the rich in our gospel? The rich that HE wants to point out here are the greedy and corrupt rich.

What would it benefit us if we gain all the riches of this world if we’re not able to go to heaven? What would it benefit us if we are rich yet we are not able to sleep at night?

There are many corrupt and greedy who are so callous that they don’t care anymore about the source of their dirty wealth.  Many are even proud to heartlessly display their stolen wealth. Someday there shall be reckoning… but why wait for that day to come?

While we are still alive let us walk away from corruption, from greed and other forms of immoral wealth. By doing so we will someday be able to enter God's kingdom in heaven. …

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