Daily Word Of God
Matthew 19:23-28, 30
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you solemnly, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, I tell you again, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.’ When the disciples heard this they were astonished. ‘Who can be saved, then?’ they said.
Jesus gazed at them. ‘For men’, he told them, ‘this is impossible; for God everything is possible.’ Then Peter spoke. ‘What about us?’ he said to him. ‘We have left everything and followed you. What are we to have, then?’
Jesus said to him, ‘I tell you solemnly, when all is made new and the Son of Man sits on his throne of glory, you will yourselves sit on twelve thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel. Many who are first will be last, and the last, first.’
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- In yesterday’s Gospel reading, we heard of the rich young man who could not give up his wealth in order to follow Jesus.
- The lure of riches is indeed so strong that even Peter asked Jesus what reward he and the apostles can expect from Jesus.
- In the practice of our Christian faith, do we also bargain with God by asking what we can expect to receive if we follow Jesus’ teachings? Should we not instead focus on pleasing God, confident that He will provide for all our needs?