This is a challenging chapter on the supreme values of the Kingdom. Three aspects are uplifted: fidelity in marriage, living as children, and the danger of riches. Only when one is living in the Kingdom, with the Lord as center of all choices and ways of life, does Jesus’ teaching on these three subjects make sense.
The world does not see things this way. Marriage is by convenience, “Children are to be seen and not heard,” and riches of money and fame are treasured as absolutes.
What happens to you as you listen to these words of Jesus? Take an inventory of the “things” that you treasure the most. How do they fit with Jesus’ values in this chapter? If there is sin, repent now for the Lord forgives you. Remember: only God can give fidelity to marriage and indifference to riches. When you respond to graces that make the impossible possible, you will be ready for the Kingdom riches in the last two verses.
What are these?
Energies of love for you v. 12
Kingdom of God for children v. 14
Selling all to follow you v 21
The first last, and the last first v. 30
This is the first week in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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We continue reading the Gospel of Matthew.
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