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Friday March 24th Matthew 19 : 23-26
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
The very powerful but faintly ridiculous image of a camel trying to pass through the eye of a needle is one that most of us will immediately recognise from the bible. I know as a small child it made me prick up my ears during a long service. I also remember feeling confident that my place in heaven was secure because I was one of the little children and I only had sixpence in my piggybank.
Fast forward more years than I care to mention and I am not feeling so confident. As an adult living in a prosperous western country I am very aware that I have many more possessions than I actually need. Do I really need that new kitchen gadget or another pair of shoes? Probably not. Could I give it all away? I'm not so sure. I don't feel rich but to many people in the world I am that Rich Man.
None of us are perfect but we can try our best to get a better balance in life and change our priorities. We can all share what we have with others because if everyone gives, then everyone is the richer for it.
Lord Jesus Christ
We pray for ourselves, that through our choices, actions and words we may daily live out our faith, and bear witness to you, the source of all good things.
Grant us wisdom in our attitude to money,
and a generous heart in the use of the resources entrusted to us, that by faithful stewardship we may glorify you. Amen.
Adapted from a prayer from the C of E Central Board of Finance
© The Archbishops' Council
Rachel Harrison Grewelthorpe
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