Crumbs
August 10, 2020
337. Week of Twenty First Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
          It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.   Mathew 19:24
          When the rich young man had decided in favour of his riches and against the Saviour, Jesus sorrowfully said to His disciples: "How shall they that have riches hardly enter into the kingdom of God!" His disciples were astonished at His words. But the Lord now said: "Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." And they were exceedingly amazed and said among themselves: "Who then can be saved?" The Lord said: "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." - It is said that one can buy anything for money. Yes, anything that can be bought. Hence the powerful charm that riches have. Whoever sets his heart upon them is charmed by them, is bound as with a thousand chains; so that he cannot believe, cannot come to his Saviour and follow Him. Riches take such a firm hold of his heart that he cannot give it to his Saviour. For it is either-or: he must give his heart either to his Saviour or to riches; he cannot give it to both at the same time. And as we have said, riches take a firm hold of his heart. Only God, yes, He alone, can set that heart free and give it to the Saviour. My dear Christian, examine yourself well as to how you regard riches. If you have riches, do you set your heart upon them? If you do not have them, does your heart desire them? Consider what you have just read! You must give your heart to your Saviour, and to Him alone, or you will be lost!
          PRAYER: - Lord, eternal, almighty God, who protects all that put their trust in You, increase Your mercy upon me; that, having You as my Leader and my Guide, I may regard the temporal goods, which so easily ensnare the soul, in such a manner as not to lose the eternal ones: for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, my Saviour. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
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