Are you too attached to get into the Kingdom?

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In Matthew 19:23-24 Jesus says, “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.” There are two main reactions to this saying of Jesus. First: since I’m not rich so this teaching must not apply to me. This is mistaken especially in light of the fact that 80% of the people in the world live on less than $10 a day (source). This leads to the second reaction: how can I make it into the Kingdom when I’m so rich? The proper response to both of these reactions is more ordinary than we might think, but that isn’t to say that it isn’t radical. We have to have possessions to get through life (think about it: at a minimum Our Lord had his clothes). The danger with possessions, though, is that they can come to possess us. We might ask if this is the case with smartphone: is it true freedom (or even more productive) to constantly have one’s neck crooked down to look at a mobile device? We need to be detached from possessions so that they don’t hinder our attainment of salvation. The inordinate attachment to luxuries, name brands, toys, or whatever is what keeps us from passing through the eye of the needle that leads to the Kingdom. Obviously, the more we possess the bigger the risks are. But, if we use things properly then they can help us enter the Kingdom, for the scriptures praise those who give alms to the poor.

Lord, help us to be truly detached from the things of the earth so that we can enter the Kingdom!

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