Reflection on Matthew 19:16-22 ~
I will never forget a Mass when without any disruption, an intellectually disabled young man walked the length of the aisle so he could touch a newly baptized baby. It was electrifying when the baby’s parents gracefully reached out to him. I continue to thank God for those involved in giving up much of themselves so this wonderful young man could unconditionally love us. We were all reminded to be the same and of being born again in our own Baptism in the moment.
The Rich Young Man Went Away Sorrowful, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
The Rich Young Man
16 Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 19 Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this Matthew 19:16-22 Reflection – Giving up Much.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite the world’s distractions.