Rich Possessions

On the walls of one of the offices in the Administration Building of The Mother Church is a painting which portrays the story of Jesus in conversation with a certain rich man. The artist clearly conveys in the painting his concept of the seriousness of the young man when questioning Jesus, and the love and compassion with which the Master answered his inquiry.

It is apparent that this young man, learning of the great works of Jesus, recognized that Jesus had a comprehension of immortality which surpassed his own understanding, and felt that in a few words Jesus could tell him what he should do that he might "have eternal life." It is related that this young man had "great possessions"; also, that he had kept the Commandments from his youth, and probably felt equipped to do whatever Jesus might ask of him. No doubt, however, Jesus discerned the materiality of his thought and also a sense of pride in his personal worth. The young man was indeed surprised and "went away sorrowful" when Jesus said to him, "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven." It may seem strange that one should be asked to sell all one has before giving unto the poor. Yet this is precisely what Jesus asked.

December 7, 1935

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