Reflection on the day “Money and the Gospel’ Aug 18

A young man approached Jesus and said,

“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”

He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?

There is only One who is good.

If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

He asked him, “Which ones?”

And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;

you shall not commit adultery;

you shall not steal;

you shall not bear false witness;

honor your father and your mother;

and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

The young man said to him,

“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”

Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,

sell what you have and give to the poor,

and you will have treasure in heaven.

Then come, follow me.”

When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,

for he had many possessions.

While listening to the radio this morning they were talking about how the rich and famous are spending their summer. One family is spending it on a yacht the size of one and half football fields at the cost of 5 million dollars a week.

The scripture presents the love of money and things as the greatest obstacle to union with God. Pope Francis recently said, ” a priest that lives the high life are a scandal to the Gospel.” Francis on his recent trip to Korea gave us some surprises and tips on how to live our lives.

Francis rode in a Kia instead of a fancy car. He also chose to take a high-speed train from Seoul to Daejeon rather than the helicopter. These little gesture can help us to see how we look at money. Such as, when we buy a car we ought to choose a more modest car than the one we possibly can afford. A car how one function to get us from here to there. Why would anyone need a 75,000 dollar car? Francis taking the train instead of the helicopter. While it is true very few of us have probably ridden in a helicopter. It is still true that when we travel we can choose to go to modest hotels and places to eat.

Thought for the day: faithfulness to the Gospel is not just about orthodoxy, but also how simply we live our lives.

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