Scripture Reading: Mark 10:17-27
Thomas a’ Kempis prays: “O Lord, grant that my heart may love only you, and make it experience how sweet and loveable you are.” In Matt. 7:13-14, Jesus tells us something very disturbing. He described the road that leads to life as compressed and contracted with pressure (Amplified). It is a very hard road that only few Christians would eventually find. When the Lord declared that “not all who call Lord, Lord would enter the kingdom of Heaven”, it tells us that several men and women who even “laboured” in God’s vineyard will not finally enter Heaven. According to one Christian writer, this would not be because they were fornicators or adulterers, or terrible sinners, but rather because they chose to invest their lives to acquiring the material things of the world rather than on the things of God.
Beloved, Jesus tells us today to sell all that we have, and follow Him on the compressed and hard way that leads to life. He sold all He had. He laid aside His majesty and all His God-ness, to live for the Father. He struggled through the way of Calvary to Golgotha, and as Peter the Apostle urged us, we ought to arm ourselves with the mind to walk the same way He did (1Peter4:1-2).
The narrow way is too narrow to take all your excesses. It is too narrow to take your pride or your high taste. The great wealth you are amassing for yourself, wife and children through questionable means, will deny you entrance into the highway of holiness and glory (Isa. 35:8-10). SELL IT ALL! That is the counsel of the Master.
Indeed, what would it profit a man if he gains the whole world and suffers the loss of his soul? Whatever you obtain outside the principle of the Kingdom, restricts your entrance into the gate of life, it makes you a little too bulky for the gate, and that little, is enough to keep you out of heaven and life. The desire for material things makes heaven really far for some Christians.
Precious child of God, during this period of Lent, take the opportunity of the season to re-evaluate your life, and check if you are already living for the acquisitions of the material things of this world, or if you’re living with eternity in view.
MASS: VIOLET Gen 17: 3-9; Ps 105: 4-5. 6-7. 8-9 (R.8a); Accl. Ps 95:7d-8a; Jn 8: 51-59
Lord, I desire to follow You. I put aside my own desires and conveniences; I yield my desires that are not in Your plan for me. In the midst of my troubles and fear, I surrender and entrust my future into Your hands. Grant me the grace to seek You with all that I have. Grant me the grace, Holy Father, to seek and love You above everything. Jesus my Lord I chose to be Your servant and nothing else. In Jesus name.