Monday, the 20th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Pius X
Readings for today’s Mass
I wonder why he used the word good in the question. Did he not see following the law as a good? Or maybe he used the letter of the law to get rich. Is that how he got all his possessions? We are left wondering as the story offers little of the man's background.
We do know that the man was dismayed when Jesus gave him the ultimate good for a rich man. "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." And he went away sad.
Unfortunately, the story ends there leaving most to believe the young man was never seem again; that he never did what Jesus was asking. Jesus' advice has four important verbs: go, sell, give away and come follow. The man did the first of those, he went. Perhaps he did follow thru with the other three and did indeed return to follow Jesus. perhaps he chose to deal with it privately. i say the initiative that led him to ask the question most liking carried thru in his response. Even when doing so was a challenge and made him sad.
We all have stuff that gets in the way of following Jesus. Some of it we cling to dearly. most of it we label as needs. What gets in your way of closely following Jesus? What riches do you struggle to let go of? What will get you to give it all away?
A bit on the saint for today, Pius X, “I was born poor, I lived poor, I will die poor.” He was embarrassed by some of the pomp of the papal court. “Look how they have dressed me up,” he said in tears to an old friend. To another, “It is a penance to be forced to accept all these practices. They lead me around surrounded by soldiers like Jesus when he was seized in Gethsemani.”