Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
I may not have as many valuable possessions as the rich young man had, but I may be rich in other ways. I might have a precious ship-load of talents and opinions, academic property or pieces of art that I have created. Perhaps those recipes I treasure so dearly, the family photo albums or my ‘house’ are the riches that I definitely don’t want to part with. Any of these can obstruct the Holy Spirit of God getting through to my heart. When my heart and my head are full of anything that is mine, or any other things or persons for which I have an inordinate affection, these things have the potential to lure me back to bondage on earth, rather than to freely follow Jesus into the uncertain and often impoverished places he frequents, a.k.a the kingdom of heaven. Will I, like the rich young man, grasp my possessions so tightly that I have to turn away from Christ Jesus, or will I hold all that I keep dear lightly enough to leave it behind and set out after the Lord? Holy Spirit, help me release all I have and above all follow you.
Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs! (Matthew 5:3)
We do not have to wait for the hereafter - it is now that we are one with Christ.
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.