Monday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 19:16
“There was a man who came to Jesus and asked, “Master, what good deed must I do to possess eternal life?”  “If you wish to be perfect, go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven, then come follow me.”  But when the young man heard these words he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.”
REFLECTION:
What good is it if you have all the wealth and comfort the world can give, but do not have God as your true treasure, the center of your life.  Jesus basically told him to follow the commandments and the young man replied, “I have kept all these.  What more do I need to do?” When Jesus told him to sell all he had, Jesus was telling him to decide what is most important in his life: material wealth or spiritual wealth? Jesus challenges the young man to choose either God or material wealth.  He went away sad. In his misplaced understanding of joy, he was holding on the wrong treasure. He was a man of great wealth and could buy anything materially he wanted, but material wealth cannot buy a treasure in heaven.  Later in Matthew 19 Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God”.  Does that mean a rich person is condemned to eternal damnation?  Not necessarily.  It becomes a question of priorities; what is most important to you.  Jesus gives us hope when He said, “Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more and will inherit eternal life.  But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”  Sisters and brothers, what kind of treasures are you building up while on earth?  Earthly treasure remains on earth, but spiritual treasures will get you the kingdom of heaven.  Which treasure hunt will be your priority?

PRAYER:

LORD God, You are the treasure my heart longs for.  I pray I have the strength and will to make You first and foremost in my life.  Keep me free of endless pursuit of material possessions and let my quest for happiness be rooted in a deeper and richer spiritual life, a life where I am rich with love of You, dear God.  AMEN

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