Reflection 2

Text (Gospel Story) October 11, 2015 

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honour your father and your mother.” He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Sharing the Mission 

“Did the young man tend to rely too much on negative goodness? He had not broken the commandments, but how much good had he done for others? Was Our Lord saying to him: “With all your possessions, with all your wealth, with all that you could give away, what positive good have you done to others? Have you gone out of your way to help and comfort and strengthen others as you might have done?” Perhaps Our Lord was saying to him: “Stop looking at goodness as consisting in not doing things. Take yourself: take all that you have and spend yourself and your possessions on others. Then you will find true happiness in time and in eternity.” 

Discussion 

What “possessions” - be they time, money, talent - are you called to give to those you serve?

Action 

This week, take the time to look within your home and ask, “Are there any possessions that I have that I can give to another and in doing so make a difference in their life?” Perhaps make a donation to a local Vinnies Centre.

Prayer 

(Leader) For the grace to let go of my possessions,

(Together) God of mercy, hear my prayer.

(Leader) For the grace to have an undivided heart,

(Together) God of mercy, hear my prayer.

(Together) Amen.