Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052316.cfm
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.” He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! 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.” They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”
We have forgotten what the commandments say, we cannot say with this man that we have observed them from our youth. We allow the killing of babies, lying and cheating have become a way of life, we do not honor our parents when we allow euthanasia policies to destroy the lives of people because they are sick or old or just weary. We have lost sight of what Christ was trying to teach this man. It is not only the rich who have a hard time getting into heaven. We will be judged by God at our final passing, will you pass the test? Will I?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to get back on track and honor your commandments. Help me to see where I stray and help me to always come back to you. In Jesus’ holy and precious name, Amen.
The Lord will remember his covenant forever, Alleluia!