August 20, 2018 - Monday
Gospel: Matthew 19:16-22
“What do I still lack?”
Perhaps when the young man asked this of Jesus, he was still not happy despite his status in life. Thus Jesus presents a challenge, “Sell all your possessions, and follow Me.” And the young man turned away sad.
The young man is obviously attached to his material possessions and found he couldn’t accept the implications of what Jesus said. He couldn’t sacrifice his material things, for spiritual richness. Being separated from his possessions made him “sad.” .
What a missed opportunity ! He was being offered a way to tranquility and peace, but he preferred anxiety and guilt. Jesus asks us to give whatever we have joyfully, depriving oneself of things we thought gave us joy. Let us seek the joy of being with Christ and give so that we become a joy to others....
Mama Mary, pray for us, that we may be the cause of joy to others and not turn our backs on Jesus. Stay with us most specially in moments of desperation and sadness.