Oh, look: there’s a rich person! Maybe it’s you in the mirror… but let’s say it’s somebody else. He seems so cool: chic clothes, cool car. She probably doesn’t have a care in the world, is jetting off someplace hip, knows all the right people. If only I had what he has; if only she were my friend.
Jesus says Look if you’d like, but
don’t gawk. Under the veneer there’s
a child of God, with wounds, craziness, goodness, but with the complication of
having enough money to fall for the lie that he’s independent, that what she
needs can be purchased.
Jesus says Look at the rich person,
and remember I asked them to part with their wealth for the good of their
souls. I warned them (and you too) about
Laying up treasure on earth instead of in
heaven. One of my best stories was
about a rich man who did nothing for the poor man on his door step – and he
wound up separated from God by an unbridgeable chasm (Luke 16:19-31).
say a prayer for him, shed any twinge of envy you might feel – and remember
that Jesus came to make each one of us unfathomably rich, people with purpose,
the inheritors of eternal life, those destined to dwell in the mansions of
God’s presence forever.