Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

  1 Peter 1:3-9  | Ps. 111:1-2, 5-6, 9, 10 | Mark 10:17-27

Jesus is asked what to do in order to have eternal life.  When Jesus tells the man, “Go sell what you have and give to the poor and come follow me,” the man goes away sad.  Jesus says that it is very hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  What Jesus is calling us to do is to look at our possessions, no matter how much they are.  The question then is, do we possess these objects/money, etc. or do these objects, money, etc. possess us?  If they possess us, then we are rich; and, it is very difficult for us to give them up even if they equal thirty cents or less.  It is this quality of non-possessiveness that is essential if we are to be able to listen to God and then follow Him.

Look at your possessions?  Would you be able to give them away to others who need them or are they so much yours that no one dares come to ask you to share with them?  This is a measure of your faith.  This is a measure of your spirit of openness before God.  Ask God to increase your ability to be non-possessive.  Ask God to help you rely on him more than on things, etc.

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