18th August 2015: Tuesday 20th Week in Ordinary Time

Judg 6:11-24
Ps 85:9.11-14
Mt 19:23-30
In the gospel we see a sharp contrast between the rich man who is glued to his possessions and the disciples who have left everything. While the blessings of abundance are open to the disciples because they were detached, the sadness of soul becomes the portion of the rich man who is a servant of his possession. Truly, the punishment for those who are greedy is that they are never satisfied; if a greedy person is given the entire world he would still be sad if there is nothing more to grab. But the one who is contempt finds peace and joy even in little things. It appears comfortable and sensible to trust in material things, but they will always fail. To trust in God is risky and sometimes appears foolish but “those who put their trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion that cannot be shaken”. Our dependence and trust should be in God and not in whatever we possess. When God asked Abraham for his Son, it is because he wanted to make him the Father of nations. When he asked for bread, it is because he wanted to multiply bread for the people, when he asked the rich man for his possession, it is because he wanted to give him eternal life. “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock” Is. 26:4
Rev. Fr. Israel Inaede
St. Peter Chaplaincy Oleh

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