Today’s Thoughts: It is often said that the story of the man in today’s Gospel is one of the saddest stories in all of the Gospels. Perhaps saddest next to Jesus’ suffering and death. The sadness is that the man is the only person in the Gospels who walks away from Jesus. Sure, the scribes, Pharisees and religious leaders don’t buy into Jesus’ message but the young man in the story comes to Jesus for help and guides and still walks away.
Why? Because the man wants to inherit eternal life but finds it hard to live the journey. Jesus looks upon him with love but in sadness he walks away. The saints that we honor and celebrate and for that matter all women and men of faith have one thing in common unlike the man in our Gospel today they chose and choose not to walk away but to accept Jesus’ invitation. They did and do it in their own way. I am sure there were and are moments in their journeys when they felt and feel like walking away like the man in the Gospel, but they didn’t and don’t. They chose and choose to make the journey with Jesus.
I have always liked the prayer in our first reading today from the Book of Wisdom. It is often referred to as Solomon’s Prayer. We hear a man, King Solomon, who literally has everything, yet he comes to realize that he has nothing if he doesn’t have Wisdom. Nothing is worth more, is as valuable as Wisdom.
The people of faith understand the importance of God’s Wisdom in their lives. It is that Wisdom that empowered them to say yes to the journey that Jesus invites them and us to live. It is in the grace, the virtue of God’s Wisdom that sad stories become stories of faith, hope and love.
May we be blessed with God’s Wisdom so that in our moments of searching for eternal life we will be willing to say yes and not sadly walk away!
Sunday blessings and peace to all today!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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