August 17, 2015

The Gospel Today

Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 19:16-22

A young man approached Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”
He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?
There is only One who is good.
If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother;
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The young man said to him,
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,
sell what you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.

Reflection (Sem. Brandon P. Bahayanan)

8.17

Today’s Gospel draws me to reflect on the verse, “Jesus said to him…sell what you have and give to the poor.”

Jesus said this because material possessions are among the primary obstacles keeping people out of the kingdom. The pursuit of wealth, Jesus taught, was entirely opposed to the pursuit of heaven. No one can serve both these masters, possessions and God, you will love one and despised the other.

It is clear that God invites us to sell or to give to Him what we do not need in our journey towards that place we call heaven. We let go of the things not needed in our hearts. We let go, so that the miracle and healing Jesus wants to perform in our life can be done. God was powerless to work a miracle in the rich man’s heart, maybe also in our heart. Thus we are reminded not to let our wealth possess us and be blocked from entering the kingdom of the poor.

Let us share our riches with those who do not have, the poor. What will help us grow in our relationship with the Lord is the sincere determination to let go. So, What are the things that you cannot let go of, holding you back to be faithful to God’s command?

 

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