Am I still jealous of the rich man? Yes, but not why you may think!

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The Promulgation of the Law at Mount Sinai, by...

The Promulgation of the Law at Mount Sinai, by the illustrators of the Figures de la Bible, 1728 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gift:  Counsel (Right Judgment) – With the gift of right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Jesus.

Reading:  As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?* No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.’” He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”  (Mark 10:17-20)

Observation:  In reading the Gospel this morning, I initially focused on the fact that Jesus said that only God should be called good.  This is great because He is God, but was showing us that to be equal to God is not something to be boasted about, which Jesus most certainly could have done.  Anyway, I was reminded in the next two verses that I am still jealous of the fact that the rich man says that he has observed all the commandments from his youth.  Since I was not raised in the church and my childhood home was not a Christian home, I am still jealous of those people who can say that they have followed the commandments from their youth.  It is not to say that I would have followed them, had I been raised in a home that was focused on Christian values, but I guess I am jealous of those that were given that chance.

Personification:  Self-Control  Regardless of whether I was raised in home that was conducive to following the commandments of God, I am still hopeful that after over 20 years of focusing on the will of God in my life, I can begin to show the fruit of self-control in my life.  It is also my hope that I can pass on these fruits to my own children and give them the opportunity to live out the commandments of God in a way that I never could have at their age.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to display the fruits of the Holy Spirit in my life, so more people who see my life will follow the will of God in their own life.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen

Nothing happens without God’s knowledge of it…

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Gift:  Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.

Reading:  However, be on your guard and be very careful not to forget the things your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your heart as long as you live, but make them known to your childreng and to your children’s children.  (Deuteronomy 4:9)

Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.*  (Mark 5:19)

Observation:  It is not for the glory of being called the greatest in the kingdom that I remind my children of their obligation to follow the will of God and not their own will, it is for their own good.  It sounds like a saying we hear all the time, “It is for your own good.”  However, it truly is for their own good, because we know that nothing good comes from evil and everything that is good comes from God.   If Jesus says this about the least of the Commandments, how much more would he say about the greatest commandment to love Him alone?  I could have tried to ignore the issue that was right in front of my face, but God would see that I ignored it.

Personification:  Love  I hope that in the discipline that I am giving my children to see that it is not worth selling their soul to gain the world, they see that the love of God and his commandments is what I am trying to model for them.  I hope that they will see my heart that loves them enough to not let them make the same mistakes I did.  Maybe they still will make some of the same mistakes I have, because I am not a very good model of obeying God myself, but at least God will know that I tried, and I hope, by the grace of God, they will learn the lesson before it can really hurt them.

Prayer:  Lord, it is only by experience that I have gained the wisdom necessary to accept the grace of God as enough to keep my sinfulness at bay, but I hope that you will grant this wisdom to my children and family through the Sacraments and your church, so they will not have to wait to turn 40 to give themselves fully to God.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

We shouldn’t get hung up on the law, follow Jesus and you follow the law…easy, right?

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This video is from the http://www.usccb.org/video/reflections.shtml site…(Not mine, but I agree with it!)

Gift:  Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about the scriptures and Tradition.

Reading:  However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.  (Deuteronomy 4:9)

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13Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfillAmen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken placeTherefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 14

Observation:  I was not finding the words to say about the first reading or the gospel reading for today’s Mass, until I saw the video above and went to Mass with Father Roy this morning.  It is such a confusing idea that Jesus says that we must not break the least of these commandments and teaches other to do so will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  However, as the church says, along with the footnotes of the verses I have selected above, the kingdom of heaven has come with the death and resurrection of Jesus, therefore even though Jesus did not abolish the law, he fulfilled it for us and we must learn to follow him.

Personification:  Faithfulness  I will focus on displaying the fruit of faithfulness by staying faithful to receiving the body and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist as often as possible.  It is only in being united with Christ that I have any chance of being like him.  As he has seen over and over in my life, when left to my own devices, I do not follow him but would rather follow the world into sin and death.

Prayer:  Lord, let me receive your strength with the communion that I receive daily and allow your love to penetrate my heart, so that it can show through in my actions today.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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