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Liturgical day: Tuesday 20th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 19,23-30): Jesus said to his disciples, «Truly I say to you: it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven». Jesus said to his disciples, «Truly I say to you: it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, believe me: it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven». On hearing this the disciples were astonished and said, «Who, then, can be saved?». Jesus looked steadily at them and answered, «For humans it is impossible, but for God all things are possible».

Then Peter spoke up and said, «You see we have given up everything to follow you: what will be our lot?». Jesus answered, «You who have followed me, listen to my words: on the Day of Renewal, when the Son of Man sits on his throne in glory, you, too, will sit on twelve thrones to rule the twelve tribes of Israel. As for those who have left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or property for my Name's sake, they will receive a hundredfold and be given eternal life. Many who are now first will be last, and many who are now last will be first».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today Jesus astonishes his listeners: "So, who can be saved?" Another equation to solve! Richness itself is not the problem, since God himself provides us with the resources. The problem is the rich man, that is, the one who boasts of his wealth.

-And what happens to the "rich man"? His heart only sees material things. And what about the people? He doesn’t see other people ..., and if he sees them, it is only to take advantage of them (he treats them as competitors or suppliers).