Day 14 – The Lost Tie, A Lost Life
In this distant country, we will starve even though we are surrounded by pleasures and riches, fame and power. It seems that all the world cannot satisfy our thirst.
The story of the Rich Young Man gives us a lot of insights into a person who is in his distant country wanting and thirsting. He wasn't content, even with all his possessions. He was thirsting for something bigger, and he knew he had to go to Jesus for a solution to his inner struggles. He made the right move, yet, the story ended with him going away sad, for he had many possessions. The story of the Rich Young Man invites us into a deeper reflection. (Matthew 19:16–30, Mark 10:17–31, Luke 18:18–30)
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to 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."
As we hold onto what we possess, we can easily miss the higher goals in life. God has given us the gifts to help us achieve higher goals. Every gift given has a purpose, and it has to be outwardly oriented. If we turn a gift inward for selfish motives, the gift will lose its purpose, leaving us sad like the rich young man.
Just as Jesus looked at the rich young man and loved him, our Heavenly Father also looks at us and loves us, and He awaits us to respond to His call, "Come back to me."
In your life, are you hopping from one pursuit to the next, from one satisfaction to the next? Do you feel that you are in your distant country?
In what ways are you like the rich young man in the Bible?
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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Like St. Augustine, we search for God. We don’t have peace untill we found it in Jesus.
When I sin, I am like the younger son wandering to the distant country.
Sometimes, I am like the rich young man in the Bible by not willing to give up everything to follow God completely.