Mass Readings: Ezekiel 28:1-10/Matthew 19:23-30

Who Can Be Saved?

The old-time comedian Groucho Marx had a million one-liners. I love the one where he was trying to uphold his reputation by saying, “After all, I have principles.” And then under his breath: “And if you don’t like them, I have others.”

We in our well-to-do society are a lot like Groucho, and that—as it says in today’s Gospel—makes it pretty tough to keep our minds and hearts and eyes “on the prize,” the Kingdom of God. We’re distracted by entertainments, spoiled by possessions, all wrapped up in social posturing. So as the disciples ask in today’s Gospel, “Who can be saved?” And Jesus says only, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

Prayer: Jesus, help me not to be so distracted by worldly pursuits, and to more earnestly pursue You.