Gospel Rewrite: Jesus and Wealth
Matthew 19: 16-17, 20-22
The Rich Young Man
16 Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
20 The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, increase your possessions so that you might have the wealth to help others. The riches of the world are many, and they will accumulate somewhere. Why not with you? From this wealth, you can bestow charity on the poor and those who work with them. Truly I tell you, the poor will always be with you; we cannot change society. And what good would it do for you to give all your possessions away and become poor yourself? Does poverty need yet another victim? No, increase your wealth so that you may support good work; then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away rejoicing, for he had many possessions already and longed for more.