Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, 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.”
In scripture the “kingdom of heaven” is sometimes translated the “kingdom of God.” We are called to help build that Kingdom…the place God desires for us…here and now. Whenever we reach out to others in love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion we are cooperating with God in bringing the kingdom into the present moment (“Thy kingdom come…on earth as it is in heaven”). Being rich is not a bad thing in itself. Rich people can do much good with their wealth. But wealth can entice people to immerse themselves in pleasures and ignore those in need…or perhaps to separate themselves from the poor and even be blind to their very existence. May you cultivate a servant’s heart so that if wealth comes your way…you will be generous to those in need.
Suggested song of the day– “Make Me a Channel” on the Listen to Your Heart album.
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Have a blessed day!