Prayer of the Day
Eight Week of the YearMay 24th, 2016
In yesterday’s Gospel we met the rich young man who turned down the opportunity of becoming a disciple of Jesus because he was too attached to his wealth. After the young man left Jesus looked around and gave a serious warning to his followers about the dangers of wealth and how hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. Wealth brings security, comfort and self-indulgence which is not conducive to the total surrender to God demanded by the Gospel. His disciples were amazed at his words. In Old Testament times wealth and prosperity were a sign of God’s favour. Jesus went on to say how hard it is for anyone to enter the kingdom of God. This statement caused some consternation among his disciples. Then who can be saved they ask. Jesus looks at them and says that all things are possible for God. The kingdom of God is utterly beyond all human achievement. It depends solely on the mercy of God. Peter reminded Jesus that he and the others had left everything to follow him. Jesus assured him that nothing goes unrewarded.
The reward Jesus offers is eternal life. Eternal life begins right now but it does not exclude suffering in this life. We are reminded of Our Lady’s words to Bernadette at Lourdes, “I cannot promise you happiness in this life but in the next.”
Lord we thank you for making it possible for us, despite our many failings, to enter the Kingdom of God. Amen