Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sell what you have and give to the poor

Monday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 19:16-22. 

A young man approached Jesus and said, "Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?"
He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments."
He asked him, "Which ones?" And Jesus replied, " 'You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother'; and 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
The young man said to him, "All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?"
Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to (the) poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.


It is easier to follow the commandments but giving up what you have to humanity is difficult to do. The gospel of today made an emphasis that we need to give up ourselves for others. The statement of Jesus that we need to sell all what we have and give it to the poor is again a figurative speech. If we take the statement of Jesus literally, then, there are a lot of people that cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. God loves us so much that he wants all of us to be saved. However, people chooses to be sinful. There are a lot of rich people who are giving up themselves and contribute a lot to humanity, be it money, time, or property, however, they tend to control it to minimise abuse. All of us have different type of being rich, so, we might give what we have differently. If you are rich in talent, then, give it to those who have no talents. I think what Jesus meant about being poor are those people who do not have of a certain aspect. Example, there are still a lot of rich people in the aspect of money or property but they are poor in love. So, if you are rich in love then give it to them.

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