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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Tuesday of the Twentieth Week 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. 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» (…).

The original sin: a "disturbance" in the beginnings

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, in the Gospel we are as astonished as the disciples to hear that salvation is not possible for humanity. This is how serious the damage was, done by the revolution in the beginning. The images put forward in Genesis are eloquent.

Our first parents, from being naked without being embarrassed (original innocence), suddenly need to cover up, hide themselves, be afraid and blame each other. What has happened to cause this shift is original sin; they fell for the illusion of self sufficiency that is impossible: to believe that they would be as powerful as God if they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It is a moral perversion that has its origin in Human autonomy. We are free to act with love, but not to invent love. This is how a caricature of moral law, with terrible success, humanity closes itself off to the love of God.

—Lord, you are the Way, the Truth and the Life: Allow me to live off you, you who are Love.