August 16 2022 Gospel Reflection: Who Can Be Saved?

8/16/2022 (Monday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 19:23-30

23 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.
24 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.”
25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?”
26 Jesus looked at them and said, “For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
27 Then Peter said to him in reply, “We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?”
28 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.
29 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.
30 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

8/16/2022 (Monday) Today’s Gospel Reflection: Who Can Be Saved?

The problem with possessions is that you can possess them but they can also possess you. When that happens, you are no longer free. Your possessions have dispossessed you of your freedom and therefore of your happiness. Consequently, you lost your way to eternal life.

In the gospel reading above, Jesus is warning of this great obstacle to heaven. Unless we become detached to material wealth, there is no way for us to gain eternal life.

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Peter is concerned of his reward for leaving everything in order to follow Jesus. Although we hear Jesus assuring him of a “100 times” return on his “investment”, he was also given a stern warning: he might be the last to receive it. Peter must also understand the lesson on detachment. He must focus on Jesus, not on material rewards.

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As human beings, we all fall into the trap of worldly possessions. Even priests and pastors can fall prey to the lure of commerce. When we are heavily involved in money-making projects, little by little, we are consumed by them. Then, we have less and less time for God until it becomes almost impossible to detach from them. We need to be vigilant because satan has a subtle way of snatching us away from God.

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Indeed, salvation is impossible with human efforts alone. If we are drowning, only someone who is not drowning can help us out of the water. That is why only God can save us. There nothing impossible with Him.

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Gospel Reading with Reflection for August 16, 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for August 16, 2022

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