Mt 19: 16-24

Some people think the church should not preach, it has no right to say anything, the church has no authority, it has lost its credibility. Anyone who would say anything like that, has a very weak faith or no faith at all. They have not yet been touched by the love of God nor do they strive to hear the Word of God which is proclaimed by the church.

Our Catechism clearly teaches that the church is founded on the revealed Word of God, “from the fullness of His love, God speaks to human beings to make Himself known to them, and to call them to communion with Him”. (#18)

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St John in his Gospel tells us that “those things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that through faith, you might have life in His name”.( John 20:31)

In St Mathew’s Gospel we meet a young man who is thinking about his life. He has everything that life can give him, but knows that something is still missing. He shares our thoughts as well. We may have a very high opinion of ourselves, we may have a lot of the worldly goods, but we know that in our heart, something is missing. As the rich man did, so we too might have a conversation with God and ask, “What else do I need?” (Phil 19:20) Jesus tells the man, that life is not measured by what you have on earth, but by how you deal with what you have. It’s not what we have, it’s more that our possessions take a priority in our lives. They then become our real god.

You can be rich, but you must also follow God’s Word and use the gift of wealth for God’s purpose.

God is not against rich people. There are many Saints who were also very rich. But the purpose in life is to gain eternal life with God in heaven. To do that, we must believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He has given us another life in eternity. God has a plan to achieve it.

Jesus tells the rich man, sell everything you have and give the money to the poor, then you will be able to follow me.

You can be rich, but you must also follow God’s Word and use the gift of wealth for God’s purpose.

Some people act as if they control everything, know everything, and are self-sufficient. They are possessed with their self-importance, pride in their freedoms, just as the young man with the money in the Gospel.

God asks us to look at our lives in an honest way and to examine ourselves if we need God’s help.

  • Am I having problems forgiving people?
  • Am I having marriage problems that I can’t fix?
  • Can I stop drinking, using drugs, gambling, privately sinning?
  • Do I have control over myself?

These problems can only be solved by the hearing of God’s Word and asking for help.

St Paul tells us, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength”. (Phil 4:13)

Jesus tells his apostles, “For man, it is impossible, but for God, all things are possible”. (Mt 19:26)

Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.”

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.