The True Treasure

Mark 10:17-27
1 Ptr 1:3-9 / Psa 111

It is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
(Mark 10:25)

As I ponder on life’s mystery,
Its deepest question comes to me:
What good would all the world’s riches be
If I don’t gain Eternity?

As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” The man declared, “Teacher, all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:17-27).

Reflection

This Gospel narrative should make us pause to reflect: What is our greatest treasure in life? Isn’t it ironic that the greatest treasure we can have is the very thing that many people are afraid to acquire because they refuse to give up lesser treasures that corrode and corrupt? Consider that rich young man. Jesus saw the goodness in his heart, looked at him lovingly, and offered him His fellowship. Only a few among thousands that followed our Lord were given the same invitation. Jesus even hinted that He was indeed God when He said, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” And yet the man could not give up his temporal wealth in exchange for eternal prosperity, even if that was what he said he was seeking in the first place.

Why is it “easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle” than for rich people to earn a place in God’s kingdom? It is because excessive wealth is the strongest drug of addiction that can imprison a man’s spirit. Jesus clearly marked the boundaries of earthly wealth and His kingdom when He said, “No one can serve two masters… you cannot serve both God and mammon.” (Matthew 7:24) In fact the very first prohibition in the Ten Commandments of God is: “Thou shall not have strange gods before me.” In most cases, rich people put more importance on their wealth before God. They play golf, poker, ‘sabong’ or other recreational activities rather than go to Sunday mass. How important is real Life to you?

Your blessings are more precious than the fleeting pleasures of wealth; Your Spirit satisfies the deepest longing in my heart… Lord Jesus, You are my greatest treasure. Grant that we may always be faithful to You. Amen.

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