In today’s Gospel a man runs up to Jesus and asks him, “…what must I do to inherit eternal life?” A good question. Jesus points him to God’s commands and he concentrates on those that deal with justice in human relationships.
- You shall not kill
- You shall not commit adultery
- You shall not steal
- You shall not bear false witness
- You shall not defraud
- Honor your father and mother
When the man replies that he has observed all those commandments from his youth, Jesus looks at him with love. Jesus respects and appreciates him and his authenticity. He sees something in this man that leads him to invite him to join his group of itinerant disciples – an invitation that he didn’t make every day. “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor…then come, follow me.”
The man is stunned. He may have approached Jesus in sincerity but hadn’t bargained for the challenge to give up everything. All he could do was depart in grief because the cost of following Jesus was too great for him.
Today’s readings invite us to consider what we seek most in our life and why we choose to be in the company of Christ and his followers. What are we lacking that prevents us from truly following Christ?
In the mass, after the preparation of the bread and the wine the priests prays, “Pray brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the almighty Father.” Following Christ requires sacrifice. Christ offers to take all we have and are and transform it as truly as the bread and wine are transformed in our Eucharist.
Are we ready to make the sacrifice we need to make to be followers of Christ?
I want to thank the Knights of Columbus for their donation of $6897.00 to the Parking Lot project. This money came from the golf tournament and from selling bar-be-cue. There are so many ways that the Knights give to our parish and to other charities. It is a good organization to belong to.
Information has been mailed to everyone in the parish about our parish pledge drive and the diocesan Annual Catholic Appeal. You will find pledge cards for both the parish and diocese. If you haven’t filled out a pledge card for the parish and diocese, I encourage you to do so soon. I appreciate Rob and Ann Rastorfer speaking at the masses this weekend. Before mass we also ran the DVD on the Diocesan Catholic Appeal in the narthex. I appreciate your effort to keep our parish and diocese strong.