Pastors' Thoughts

      

"Sell what you have and follow me."

“I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and the spirit of Wisdom came to me.” What is wisdom? Why would we want wisdom more than material wealth? Gaining wisdom is from God’s grace. Gaining wisdom allows us to hear, understand and respond to God’s call to each of us.

When the rich young man asks: “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus tells him to keep the Commandments. However, the Commandments that Jesus focuses on are those that deal with our relationships to each other. When the rich young man answers that he already keeps these Commandments, Jesus gives him one more thing to do. He tells him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

The Lord knows how wealthy or poor we are. He is asking us to give all we have, ourselves, not just our material wealth! Jesus is asking us, as he did the rich young man, to give ourselves totally to the service of each other. To sell all that we have, that also means me and you, to serve God by serving each other. He is asking us to have faith and to trust God, who is good. Jesus gave us the example of this “self- giving,” by selling all that He had, Himself, when He died on the Cross to save our souls! He had faith and trusted in His heavenly Father and gave His life to free us from the bonds of sin and to gain eternal life for each of us.

Jesus calls us to give of ourselves in different ways. We need not be afraid to give of ourselves when we hear our Lord’s call. The Lord that comes to us in the Eucharist is our strength. He will give us all that we need, so that we can give of ourselves, that is to love God above all else and to love our neighbor as God loves us. To sell what we have, ourselves, and give ourselves to each other and in doing that, we gain treasure in heaven, because we have come and followed Jesus.

– Bishop Roy Campbell