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Saint John Eudes, Priest August 19, 2019

Saint John Eudes, Priest  August 19, 2019
by Arlenne Villahermosa last modified Aug 17, 2019 02:34 AM

Mt 19:16-22 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.

Saint John Eudes, Priest

Readings of the Day

Mt 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.
 
 
Reflection
Today's gospel speaks about spiritual growth.  The Commandments provide the basis from which Christian spiritual development begins.
The man who comes to Jesus has observed all the commandments but still feels that something is lacking, holding him back from fully following Jesus.  We are invited to look at the things that are holding us back and stopping us from fully following Jesus... a step towards our spiritual growth, a deeper relationship with God.
 
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