Gospel – 8/17-20 – Matthew 19:16-22
“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”
He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?
There is only One who is good.
If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother;
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The young man said to him,
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to 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.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.
It is so easy to have Faith and to do whatever God asks of us – until – he asks us to give up our wealth and possessions.
I’m no different than anyone else here. I’ve worked hard for what I have. I’ve lost a lot of what I worked for over time and don’t have a lot left. I fear for life without something to sustain me.
But Jesus is saying, I don’t need to worry about my needs going forward. I need to follow him and trust him to provide.
But that’s hard to do, especially in a world that no longer cares for one another like in my childhood.
But, if my concerns for me outweigh the needs of others – I’m doing it wrong.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…