October 9, 2009

A reflection on detachment

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Readings for October 11, 2009:

Wisdom 7:7-11
Psalm 90:12-17
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30

This Sundays gospel is about Jesus and the rich young man.
Jesus called him to be a disciple like the other twelve. How could this person reject such a calling? you may ask. He could have been the 13th disciple! but apparently he never saw what a great opportunity it was to serve Our LORD.

He walked away sad , looking after his own interests instead. The bible says the love of money/riches is the root of all evil. Jesus teaches us to love God , not money, by keeping the commandments and by looking after God's interests -i.e giving to the poor, instead of becoming what our society would call important i.e politicians lol.

In fact the bible teaches us about 'detachment'.
Detachment is to die to one's self, to die to one's will, and also to all material things a soul can be attached to.

We must die to ourselves and not be attached to the things that perish , but instead store up treasures in heaven-i.e by doing good deeds, and then come follow Me, Jesus said.
The Young man in this gospel today , didn't seem to understand that.
In fact, the Holy Spirit is what he needed.

This Sunday pray the rosary - the Glorious Mysteries
Pray for priests .

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