Obedience is not Enough

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Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

August 18, 2014



First Reading:  EZ 24:15-23

Responsorial Psalm: DT 32:18-19, 20-21

Gospel: MT 19:16-22



Obedience to the Ten Commandments is not enough for us to gain eternal life. Now, this may create an argument but let us try to understand in the light of the Gospel today. Jesus, when he was approached by a wealthy young man who asked him what more he could do to gain eternal life, said that faithful obedience to the Ten Commandments is not enough. Jesus told him the one thing that is lacking in him: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.” He could not believed what was told him. He was shocked that he left with sadness because who he could not let go of his possessions and give it to the poor.  He was so attached to it that he chose his wealth over and above heavenly treasures which await those who make use of their wealth to serve the poor and to follow Jesus.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with being faithful to the Ten Commandments. Jesus even wants us to do that.  Living our Christian life around the Ten Commandments is lacking since obedience to it is suppose to bring us closer to Jesus, who is the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets. But Jesus requires much from us if we want to be closer to Him.  He wants us to detach ourselves from material possessions. Getting too attached to these impedes us in our way to eternal life.Hoffman-ChristAndTheRichYoungRuler

To the young man Jesus offers the only good he asked but he refused. To us today, Jesus  offers us eternal life. What is our response? Would you let go of your possessions, give it to the poor and follow Jesus?  This maybe is too radical for you. However, to those who follow Jesus truthfully, great blessings are given, both material and spiritual. And they continue to receive His blessings because they return to God those gifts especially the material blessings through the ministry of the Church they support. They invest in the work of God. Their investment brings them so much growth towards eternal life.

This was the life, the rich young man wanted from Jesus. He refused it because he did not want to let Jesus use his possessions for the ministry of Jesus.  How about you? Would you accept what Jesus offers? If yes, would you let Jesus use your material possessions? How much would be willing to invest? Or would you rather use it only for yourself? If this is the case, the you would go away sad like the rich young man.


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