Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022717.cfm
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “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; honor 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.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”
Jesus is asking us to be willing to give up everything we have to follow Him. We do not have to sell everything we own, but we have to be willing to give it up if He asks. He does not want us to have any attachments that will keep us from loving and following Him. What are you willing to give up? Do you say everything – but? That is not what He wants. He wants all of you, are you willing?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, whatever I have is yours. I would give it all up if it meant it was the only way I could follow you. Help me to continue to use what you have given me for your children and your work. In Jesus’ holy name,
Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.