"Master, what good must I do to inherit eternal life? To the young man who asked him this question, Jesus answered: If you would enter life, keep the commandments." He added: "If you would be perfect, go', sell what you possess and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me".
This second response does not cancel the first. Following Jesus involves keeping the commandments.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house
The admonition of God is addressed to the needs but do not want linked to envy, to greed of possession, greed, covetousness, which consequently leads to unhappiness, hatred, selfishness and cultivate the weed and pride. All this leads away from love and from God.
It is important to appreciate what others have because it makes us feel humble, encourages collaboration and makes us be satisfied with what God gave us. Envy is the gateway to the misery as greatly stimulates the desire to possess everything that others have. The anger then hurls into the fate and to God "Why cannot I have what the others have more than me?". It seems a serious injustice, an affront to what we believe is right to have and the groans of wounded pride.
The mind obsessed by jealousy does not stop on what we already have and that sometimes is really hard, so the germ of envy robs us every subtle serenity and joy. Then you forget to thank God for everything he has given us, not knowing that one day we will give an account. It should be remembered that envy is a deadly sin, caused by the inordinate desire of other people's property with the intention to appropriate it by illegal means and sometimes violent.
Envy takes away peace, lose the esteem of others and does not allow you to enjoy the fellowship and harmony, makes avaricious, closes his eyes to the needs of others, is arguing and hating. It can lead to lack of love, injustice, insult and hatred.
When the desire is good and honest is a source of energy for life and progress. God advises us to not only wish for so much other things to unjustly appropriated. He invites us not to desire evil that leads to sin and ruin of our souls. It must always be vigilant with reason and the will of every wish it could turn into greed and covetousness.
We should not want to appropriate the goods of others, because material things are the way of life, not the end. The body is at the service of the soul, not the soul in the service of the body. Those who eagerly want the things you leave to take his neighbor's life and forget the cares of the great value of poverty. The glorification of wealth and appearance pollute the human heart, as well as the indifference and arrogance in the world procure and homes suffering and division.
"See that you keep away from all covetousness, because even if one is in abundance, life does not depend on his property." Then he told them a parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth a good harvest. He thought to himself: What shall I do, because I have nowhere to store my crops? 'I'll do that - he said - pull down my barns and build other larger and will store all my grain and my goods. I will say to myself, my soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; ease, eat, drink and have fun. But God said to him: Thou fool, this night will will be asked to enter your life. And what you have prepared whose will? So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and not rich toward God". (Luke 12.15-21).
Jesus warns us: "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; accumulated instead for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves break in and steal. Why, where is your treasure and your heart will be also" (Mt 6:19-21), and St. Paul adds:" The love of money is the root of all evil; taken by this desire, some they have erred from the faith and have procured a lot of trouble "(1 Tim 6:10). And finally: "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?". (Matt. 16:26).
Woe to those who are greedy and unfair, that greed for her mouthful of bread to his brothers taking away the need of their lives. The day will come that will be accountable to the Lord, knowing that God cannot stand the greedy and corrupt.
Don’t want other people’s stuff
The only thing we must desire with all our heart is to love the Lord, to nourish ourselves with his word, to see his face and to satiate ourselves with his love. Love is not seen in a place and is not sought with the eyes of the body. His words are not heard and when he comes to you his steps are not heard.
True prayer is not in the voice, but in the heart. It is not our words, but our desires that give strength to our supplications. If we invoke eternal life with our mouths, without wishing it from the bottom of our hearts, our cry is silence. If without speaking, we desire it from the bottom of our heart, our silence is a cry.
We renew the invitation
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