Perhaps to put it more bluntly, based on some of the teachings of the Bible, we may often wonder - can a rich person go to Heaven?
Does Jesus want us to really sell what we have and give to the poor?
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An older man who collapsed on the street was brought to the nearby Hospital. The nurses found the address of a marine on a wrinkled paper in his wallet. Thinking that the marine was his son, the nurses called for him. When he arrived, the older man reached out his hands feebly. The marine took them and held them tenderly for the next four hours until the older man died. The marine then asked the nurses, "Who was he?" Stunned by his question, the nurses inquired, "Is he not your father?"
The Bible shows us that at times Moses struggled with the responsibilities entrusted to him. The Israelites were getting a little tired of the manna that God gave them, and they grumbled over it. They missed the meat and vegetables they ate in Egypt. Moses was upset with God because he had to deal with the complaints of the Israelites.
As a child my siblings and I loved to have guests come to our home. We were happy because we knew that a rooster would be prepared, and we would have the best food with special dishes and sweets. A guest coming to our home was like God coming. It was the time we were on our best behavior, especially if the guest was a priest or a nun.
This gospel today reminded me of the Old Testament story about Ruth, the daughter-in-law of Naomi. Naomi’s sons married; but both sons died and the daughters-in-law, according to tradition, were free to return to their original homeland. But ever faithful Ruth would not abandon Naomi, saying to her: "Wherever you go I shall go, wherever you live so I shall live; your people will be my people and your God will be my God too."