Lent Devotional • Day 38

Friday, The Fifth Week of Lent (Mar. 26)

A Poor Rich Man

Narrated by Kimberly Hord

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” Matthew 19:21

The rich man asked, “What must I do to have eternal life?” In reply, Jesus said, “To ‘earn’ a treasure in heaven, give away all your earthly treasure.” The poor rich man was unable to do that—and so are we!

Jesus has done for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He gave his life to earn a treasure in heaven for us. That heavenly treasure is now his gift to us, making us poor people incredibly rich. “Healed by his wounds,” we have a whole new perspective on the value of the “stuff” we own, what earthly people call riches. What riches we have!

REFLECT: Think about what makes us rich in Christ.

PRAY: When I feel anxious about my earthly riches, Lord, remind me of the true treasure you have given me. Amen.

Devotional content provided by Creative Communications for the Parish.