Monday 21 August 2017

About Today Readings

St Pius X.

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.

‘He went away sad …’

Today’s extract 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.

We do not know what became of him, but Jesus challenged him about his over-attachment to his many possessions. How does Jesus challenge us?

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