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James Tissot (1836-1902), “The Rich Young Man Went Away Sorrowful” (photo: Public Domain)

A proper relationship to God puts a proper relationship to money in its proper place, neither denying nor exaggerating its significance.

By John Grondelski, EWTN News, October 13, 2021

John GrondelskiLast Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 10:17-30) recounted the encounter between Jesus and the rich young man. The young man asked Jesus what he needed to do to attain to eternal life, and Jesus pointed him first to the Commandments: these are sine qua non to reaching eternal life.

But the young man pushed further. He insisted he kept the Commandments from his youth. Was there anything else?

Jesus sees he is serious and is willing to push him further. He counsels him to embrace evangelical poverty: “Go and sell what you have and give to the poor.”

Jesus warns against the difficulties the rich have attaining to the Kingdom of Heaven. “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.” …

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