This Sunday, the Gospel of Mark 10:17-30 delivers a difficult lesson on wealth and belongings. Too often we replace God with the “stuff” in our life. But “stuff” is not going to help us achieve our ultimate goal, Heaven.
In today’s society our success is measured by the size of our house, the car we drive and the luxuries we can or cannot afford! Our children want the latest electronic device or video game, because “everybody” has it. This mentality causes us to upgrade, upsize and outdo. The “more is better” culture is dangerous to the faithfulness of a good Christian Steward. St. Teresa of Calcutta said “God has not called me to be successful, He called me to be faithful.”
In St. Mark’s Gospel, a man asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life. Jesus replied “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” Jesus goes on to say “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
A wise lady once told me a true story. She was reading the obituaries when she notices a local celebrity had passed. Pondering on their wealth, she asked her husband, “How much do you think they left?” Her husband quickly replied, “They left it ALL. There are no U-Hauls in Heaven!”
At the end of the day, we can’t take it with us. We are called to give it to those in need and to generously tithe to our church.
— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.