26 May 2008
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, â€œGood Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?â€ Jesus said to him, â€œWhy do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: â€˜You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.â€™â€ He said to him, â€œTeacher, I have kept all these since my youth.â€ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, â€œYou lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.â€ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, â€œHow hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!â€ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, â€œChildren, 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.â€ They were greatly astounded and said to one another, â€œThen who can be saved?â€ Jesus looked at them and said, â€œFor mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.