Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time 2011

Scripture Readings for today's Mass are here

Gospel Matthew 19 :23-30

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.”

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
“Who then can be saved?”

Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men this is impossible,
but for God all things are possible.”

Then Peter said to him in reply,
“We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”

Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
that you who have followed me, in the new age,
when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

And 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.”

 My reflection in 2010 on this gospel is here (it also incorporates another gospel reading on the rich man and includes an address by Pope Benedict to last year's World Youth Day.)

This year I think the Pope will address the Youth on Thursday.

This previous post also deals with some personal reflections on the theme of  riches , the camel and the needle.

"We tell in front of everybody who Christ is for us by the way we live the circumstances. 

Everyone can look at himself, can discover himself in action, because everyone has acted within these circumstances. 

We have all acted, we have all been challenged by these circumstances. 

We have all been obliged to come out into the open (and no one is spared) and we have said what life means for us, what it is we treasure more than anything else, above and beyond our intentions."

Fr. Julian Carron 

This reflection from a Passionist volunteer in Honduras puts it well :

"in taking that small step in living more simply and letting go of some of the materialism that dominates my life I gave God a little more space to enter into my heart and do His will."

 Fabulous artwork above from Karolina Szymkiewicz from here.

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