They asked, ‘Who then, can be saved? (Mt 19: 25)
Meditation: Even after two thousand years majority of the people ask almost the same question, if the rich people can’t, who then can? As if the possibility is always with the rich people, for they have the money by which they think that they can possess anything they want. Therefore, whenever the people hear that the rich are rejected, they are more dejected for there is no further hope for them then. Here comes Jesus with a different message that “a person’s true life is not made up of the things he owns, no matter how rich he may be,” (Lk 12:15) and “there is still one more you need to do. Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me.” (Lk 18:22) Today, my meditation is not on what all things the rich people can attain or cannot attain, rather why Jesus asks us to sell everything and follow him and why he is interested in us not in our material properties. In order to answer these properly we have to go first to the book of Genesis, where the creation of man and his fall is well narrated. God so loved the man that he gave him everything he wanted but later we find the man was cheated by the created ones and was alienated from god. Now God wants to regain him forever from the clutches of Satan, the eternal liar. If man is left after the worldly things then can be cheated again easily by the Satan. Therefore, he warns his disciples of their weakness and frailties. As long as you are attached to this world you may fall into the temptation of the first man. Secondly, he doesn’t want anything from us for he is the creator, provider, and the protector. Now it is the time to answer the disciples question, ‘Who then, can be saved? (Mt 19: 25) All who decide to give up the Satan and receive Jesus as his only God will be saved for which he has to say “no” to many things that hinder follow Jesus. This may remind you what baptism really meant for you.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Lord! Teach us the meaning of the real discipleship we have received through baptism which is a rebirth to the kingdom of heaven. We want to follow what St. Paul says, “You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right-hand side of God.” Please come to our help. Amen!