August 21, 2018 - Tuesday
Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30
“It will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
When we put our material wealth ahead of Christ, it presupposes pride and egoism. It puts oneself ahead of God, and connotes disobedience and contempt for the Lord.
Possessing material richness is not a sin in itself, but it might create the predisposition to being “poor in spirit.” Or make it appear like we don’t need God anymore since we have everything we need. Thus becoming a form of idolatry. Goods of this earth are for the betterment of one’s family and of society, thus being generous doesn’t mean being a wealthy person. In fact, poor people are more generous than wealthy ones. So how do we sanctify ourselves in the middle of the world?
Let us look deeply into our hearts to one’s clarity of purpose and sincerity. Mama Mary, teach us to acquire this virtue to temper down our dependence on material possessions.