August 21, 2018
(St. Pius X, Pope)
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.” . . . Jesus continued, “For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” Mt_19:23-30
Some people are wealthy because they were born that way. Some are wealthy because they worked hard to get that way. And some because they relied upon God to meet their needs, knowing that God will never forsake them.
The problem with wealth is that often it becomes an obsession. We can become insatiable with what we have, become addicted to it and want more and more. And in order to get it, we might be willing to crush whatever or whoever gets in our way. We lose sight of God and the wealth becomes our God.
This is what Jesus was referring to when He said that it’s hard to enter God’s kingdom with wealth. We always need to keep the material world in its proper perspective, from monetary wealth to familial love (worship of relationships), we need to keep God, our Creator, as most important. Jesus tells us, that if we can do this, with the help of God, we will have all the material objects and love we will ever need, in abundance, in the Kingdom we inherit.
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