Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings

Today’s Gospel reading follows immediately after yesterday’s in which the rich young man went away sad, not knowing how he could attain eternal life, because he had many possessions.  Today, Jesus explains to his disciples what was going on.  “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven.”  And it’s not going to be hard because God is setting up the obstacle; it will be hard because we have placed an obstacle between ourselves and God.  Jesus isn’t bashing rich people.  And it’s not just rich people who will have trouble going to the kingdom.  It’s going to be hard for anyone who has an obstacle between themselves and Jesus.  So whether that obstacle is riches, or our work, or our lifestyle, or whatever, we need to let go of all that.  It’s going to be hard for us to get into heaven with obstacles in our way, “but for God all things are possible.”  If we let go of our obstacles, if we make a real sacrifice for the kingdom, then the kingdom is ours.