Beads of Joy 08-17-10
All Things Are Possible
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Today we continue from yesterdays gospel reading. Jesus takes the time to react and teach about the rich young mans choices. Today we reflect upon, Matthew 19:23-30 (The Parable of the Rich Young Man Explained). As I have said before in yesterdays blog, "Jesus was saying; you will find that it is the influence the "wealth" had on the wealthy." that was His concern. It's a very understandable truth, that the grip wealth has on the minds and hearts of so many. It takes them away from trusting in and being completely satisfied with Jesus alone. Where are your treasures? Are they here on this planet, in this life, or are they in Heaven? If they are in Heaven, then the things that are here aren't treasures, but blessings that can be shared with those who are not as blessed. Jesus is really sharing how important it is for us to really share and care for one another. So we can empty ourselves of the things that keep us from Him. There are many very wealthy, giving, seriously caring people in our world. It's when you grab hold of anything and by doing so, you let go of Jesus.
This is my own thoughts, I have also mentioned this thought before in other blogs. But I see it this way, "It seems as though the closer we are to poverty, pain and suffering, the closer we are to Jesus, and the reality of what matters in life. And that experience in life always seems to bring us to our knees. And on the opposite side of that; it seems as though the closer you are to the things of this world: wealth, power, influence, pride, and possessions, the further you are away from Jesus. And that experience in life always seems to bring people to their feet, overseeing any real need to trust in Jesus." Throughout our lives we will experience all kinds of good and bad and even ugly experiences and events. How we handle them and who we trust in, will determine where our hearts truly are. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Luke 12:34.
There is just so many scripture references in regards to the evil and destruction that money can cause in someones life. We must not take it lightly and think, oh whatever. When our Lord emphasis something, He does it for a reason. Just take a quick look at these few scriptures to reflect upon, "People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." 1 Timothy 6:9-10, and, "So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked." Revelations 3:16-17. That one was powerful, I recommend reading more about that. I know Revelations isn't the easiest book to understand, but some sections of it makes so much sense about our future.
So what do we do? It's simple, one word solves all the confusion about what is it we are to do: Jesus. It's all about Him, and how we can focus our lives on Him. He is truly the ultimate conclusion and solution to all things. Our hearts must want to be like He was and is, generous, loving, giving, and caring. I realize there is so much more, but we can't list everything here. We need to fully understand that all forms of earthly material and possessions that are on and of this earth, shall remain on this earth; so that when it comes time for us to be called to the Father, these items will be teared from us as we leave. We must be free from the bondage they cause. So many people lose sleep, lose weight and then inevitable lose Jesus, worrying about these things. Jesus must absolutely without any doubt or question, come first and foremost in our lives. He must be everything to us, nothing else can compare, even if all the wealth in the entire world was combined, it still don't have any value compared to Jesus. Dear Lord how many people can not grasp that simple truth. In fact to go one step further; one mere drop of our Lords blood alone surpasses all the wealth in the world. It's so blessed for us to be able to understand all that. If you don't and you really want to, just pray over and over again, "Jesus, I trust in You."
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO