Monday 20th August, 2012
St Bernard. Ezekiel 24:15–24. You have forgotten God who gave you birth. Deuteronomy 32:18–21. Matthew 19:16–22.
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‘Come, follow me.’
The young man seems a decent fellow. But Jesus contends he is not yet ‘good’ and still has more to do. Jesus challenges the young man to give up his worldly possessions, sell the proceeds to the poor and then follow him. But for him it seemed all too hard—he was simply too attached to his worldly comfort to let it all go.
We can likely sympathise with the young man. We take pride in our material attainments, in the security and comfort our wealth provides us and our family. We’re often wary of recklessness, big changes, strange territory, of becoming helpless and dependent. But is this what God is asking of us? To experience this helplessness so as to foster a more loving relationship with him?