From the liturgy of the roman catholic of Sunday October 14, ( Mark 10:17-30), we read
“man ran up, knelt before him and put this question to him, ‘Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’
The man who was avery rich, said he followed the Mosaic rules Jesus reminded about.
“Jesus looked steadily at him and he was filled with love for him, and he said, ‘You need to do one thing more. Go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’
But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.
23 Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”
What does really Jesus meants with this
Did he say that I have to sell my house and garden my mother gave me after so much sacrifice and begin to live on the road spreading the message of God? Did he meant I should leave nothing to my childrens the day I die and start my sleep?
If I sell my home I wtill have have to sleep in a test or cave ,, much like Diogenes. That would be hard as I am not a young man anymore and after my strokes, I am sensible to stress needing good sleep to work.
Jesus with the metaphore of the making good value of money in …
said to me I have to be careful with my health and do my best to live as long as possible.
It is really not easy to follow this invitation of Jesus.
Many poor people today, begging for money on the streets , are abused by criminals who used them and take the money they collect. This happens in Sweden and mauybe also in many other countries.
I dont want to give my money to criminals nor do I want to give money to the church that already is so wealthy.
I try to make effective donations as I wrote in a previous article.