Gospel: Mk 10:17-27
Just as Jesus was setting out on his journey again, a man ran up, knelt before him and asked, “Good Master, what must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: Do not kill; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; do not cheat; honor your father and mother.” The man replied, “I have obeyed all these commandments since my childhood.” Then Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him; and he said, “For you, one thing is lacking. Go, sell what you have, and give the money to the poor; and you will have riches in heaven. Then, come, and follow me.” On hearing these words, his face fell and he went away sorrowful, for he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were shocked at these words, but Jesus insisted, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were more astonished than ever and wondered, “Who, then, can be saved?” Jesus looked steadily at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God; all things are possible with God.”
How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! The rich young man was an upright Jew who obeyed the commandments of the Lord all his life. Yet was attached to his wealth, thus could not follow Jesus as a disciple. Wealth, if earned through honest means, is not intrinsically evil. In fact, wealth can be used to do much good for others. Jesus does not demand that we give up all our wealth before we can become his disciples. Jesus cautions us against attachment to our riches which limits our freedom to go where the Lord bids and do what the Lord asks of us.
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