In the parable of the rich young man who approached Jesus seeking the key to eternal life, Jesus knew how good this man was trying to be, but He also knew what was holding him back. Possessions.
Possessions in and of themselves are not bad, of course, only their ability to get in the way of our relationship with Christ and others. Divorce has a way of stripping you of possessions involuntarily which can make your loss seem quite unjust. But did you ever consider that maybe it is a blessing in disguise?
When you go through a divorce and lose these material things that have kept you feeling safe and secure it can be very painful. But at the same time, there is a de-cluttering process, a sort of clearing away that happens in your heart and soul. You grieve the loss of possessions, relationships, status, etc. but at the same time your view of life’s landscape and the things in life that are truly important becomes much clearer and simpler. This is one way God works to bring good things out of the bad. Your great sense of loss is tempered with a new sense of clarity and wisdom.
Take heart when you hear today’s gospel and know that with all the loss you may have endured and as unjust as it may be, God is building you up. No one can take Christ from you. No one can take away your relationship with Him and He will lead you to eternal life.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23)