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It is I who deal death and give life. — Deuteronomy 32:39
Mass Readings: Ezekiel 28:1-10 / Matthew 19:23-30
It’s interesting to compare yesterday’s Gospel (about the rich young man who went away sad) with today’s (about rich people entering heaven, and a camel and a needle’s eye). The apostles had given up everything so they didn’t go away sad but they did want to know, to paraphrase Peter, “What’s in it for us!” The short answer? Heaven. But . . . .
Not yet. We know now that the apostles had a long way to go, both geographically and spiritually, before they were through. Tradition holds that all but John were martyrs. Yes, we’ll receive “a hundred times more” while on earth but that doesn’t mean dollar-for-dollar. What God offers us is beyond measure. And what God promises, He does. Always.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the countless blessings You’ve already give me.
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