Tuesday 20th Week of the Year
Matthew 19: 23-30
It would seem that Jesus is opposed to wealth. Was He?
He had some friends who were wealthy
and even called some, like Matthew, the tax collector,
to become His disciple and later an apostle.
Doesn’t He say that the first of this world
would be that last and the last will be first?
It isn’t the money a person has
that makes it impossible for them
to enter the Kingdom of God.
It is what it does to them
and also what it does to others who don’t have it.
Whether its money or intelligence or talent such as a skill in sports,
without God, it can be difficult for the one who has
to not look down on those who have not.
Jesus isn’t interested in moving the person
in the front pew to the back of the Church.
That would only prolong the differences
between the rich and the poor.
The Pharisee was rich in himself
as he told God how good he was
compared to the sinner in the back
who couldn’t raise his head
because of his sinfulness before God.
Jesus wants to rid us of the differences in society
that causes people to grow rich in themselves and not in God.
Whether it is age or race, gender or position,
before Almighty God, we are all equal.
We have the same Father in Heaven
and our salvation will ultimately depend
on how we treat those who haven’t got
what we do in this life.
We could be very poor in the world’s goods,
but if we hoard it, protect it and not share it,
the result will be the same.
Are my possessions and talents my servant or my master?
Roger Bacon wrote, “Money is like fertilizer.
It is used best when we spread it around.”