Reflecting on the readings this weekend, I could not help but focus on the Gospel reading. Here was someone who had just told Jesus he has lived a decent moral life, had worked hard, but had many possessions. He wanted to know what else he needed to do to have eternal life. Jesus looks at him lovingly and then tells him to “sell all you have and give it to the poor….then come, follow me.” Wow! You might think that Jesus would have been proud of the man and given him a pat on the back… yet, Jesus wanted more and so the man walked away in sadness.
Jesus wanted the man to see that life is more than possessions. Life is about love, sharing, and witness to God. This gospel is about love’s challenge, about identifying with the man in the gospel who was willing to do more but was unable to do with less. After hearing this gospel, we might all reflect on whether we are willing to share what we have with those less fortunate than ourselves. Is having more than the guy next door going to buy you happiness? Or does seeing a smile on someone’s face who is homeless or hungry make you feel “happy in your heart” because you took the time to help them and shared a little of your possessions.
We are all good people…but as good people we can do better. This is a challenge…..a challenge that Jesus asks of all of us. Will you accept the challenge?
Blessings to you,