Pope Francis, on Monday 27 May, at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, commented on the Gospel passage of the day which was the rich man who asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life. When told that he would have to give up all his possessions and follow Jesus the man walked away. We do not know if he did go and give away all of his possessions to follow Jesus or not.
The Pope said “each and every one of us needs to examine our conscience and find out what riches keep us from approaching Jesus on the road to life.” He continued: “we are in love with temporal things”, while Jesus offers us something infinite. We like the temporary “because we are afraid of God’s time”, that is, the end of time here on earth.
In closing his homily the Pope said “ask the Lord to give us the courage to move forward, stripping ourselves of this culture of well-being, through hope.”