Monday 19 August 2019

About Today Readings

Judges 2:11-19. Psalm 105(106):34-37, 39-40, 43-44. Matthew 19:16-22.

Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people – Psalm 105(106):34-37, 39-40, 43-44.

‘Then come, follow me.’

Today’s passage from Matthew is normally entitled ‘The Rich Young Man’. He asks Jesus: ‘What good thing must I do to have eternal life?’ As though there were only one way. On the contrary, it is true to say that there are as many ways to God as there are people.

Each of us follows the way that seems best for each of us according to the circumstances of our lives – as long as that embraces the two essential commandments that we know so well. So often the road to eternal life seems to consist in loving our neighbour. The young man tells Jesus that he has kept all the commandments and asks what more he could do.

Jesus challenged him to let go of his many possessions, ‘then come, follow me’. How does Jesus invite, challenge and call me today?

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