17th August 2015: Monday 20th week in Ordinary Time

Judg 2:11-19
Ps 106:34-37.39-40. 43-44
Mt 19:16-22
Go sell all you have
The rich young man in the gospel is not named but defined by his wealth. His question and claims to have kept all the commandments reveals his hidden intention to justify himself. But his reaction to the instruction of Jesus shows that he has broken the very first commandment. His possession was his God. He had not heard Jesus say that “you cannot serve both God and mammon” Mat. 6:24. He placed his possession above God and went away sad. Wealth is a wonderful gift but when it is put above God and above the good of our neighbor it betrays its purpose and ultimately brings sadness. It is only when the hand is open in charity to God and neighbor that the grace of God can fill it. Greed is a disease that can impoverish the heart of a rich person no matter how much he has in his pockets.
Rev. Fr. Israel Inaede
St. Peter Chaplaincy Oleh

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