Friday, October 9, 2015

What More Is Required?: The Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Below is the link to my reflection on this Sunday's Gospel and First Reading.

Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler
by Heinrich Hoffman
Like Saint Francis and Blessed Teresa, the young man of today’s Gospel is faced with an opportunity and a choice. Already a righteous, faithful man, he seems to recognize that something more was being asked of him. Perhaps it was a sense that simply keeping the commandments wasn’t enough or he might have seen the joy in Jesus’ closest followers and wanted that for himself. Regardless of the reason, he approached Jesus and asked what more was required of him and Jesus clearly told him the cost of being a disciple: let go of everything that was holding him back from giving himself completely to God.

We can understand the man’s frustration and confusion. Although he had always observed the commandments, “he went away sad, because he had many possessions.” Jesus was asking him to shift his focus from earthly possessions and concerns to the things of God.

To read the full reflection, click here.

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