“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”
When Jesus speaks of the kingdom of heaven, or the kingdom of God, we might instantly think this refers to the life we will hopefully enter into after our death. But the kingdom of God is meant to start with us here and now, while we are on earth. This means living out the Gospel according to Jesus’ standards of simplicity, humility and generosity. When wealth and the desire for riches occupies our heart or shapes our outlook on life, we fail to understand the true meaning of the Gospel.
In the spirit of the Gospel, we are called to share our ‘riches’ with others. What ‘riches’ am I a steward of? What value do I place in these things? How is my attitude when it comes to giving these ‘riches’ away? What things am I called to abandon for the sake of Jesus?