Will You Follow Me?
Updated: Dec 21, 2018
And when he was gone forth into the way, a certain man running up and kneeling before him, asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may receive life everlasting? And Jesus said to him, Why callest thou me good? None is good but one, that is God. Thou knowest the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, bear not false witness, do no fraud, honour thy father and mother.
But he answering, said to him: Master, all these things I have observed from my youth. And Jesus looking on him, loved him, and said to him: One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
Who being struck sad at that saying, went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looking round about, saith to his disciples: How hardly shall they that have riches, enter into the kingdom of God!
And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus again answering, saith to them: Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches, to enter into the kingdom of God? It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Who wondered the more, saying among themselves: Who then can be saved?
And Jesus looking on them, saith: With men it is impossible; but not with God: for all things are possible with God.
Today, during the Gospel reading I thought of St. Francis, who gave up everything to follow Christ. He came from a wealthy family but gave up everything to serve God in poverty. How many of us would be able to do that?
I sometimes wish I had this or that, but then I think to myself, will this make me truly happy? But I think a better question would be, is this going to get me to heaven?
Today, my dear sisters, look at your lives. Are you living lives there are leading you to heaven? Lives of simplicity and moderation? Or is Jesus calling out to you now, to start a new life? To work on the virtue of prudence?
Are you willing to give up everything to follow Christ?
In Christ, Diana