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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Thoughts on Monday's Gospel

MK 10:17-27

Jesus says, "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." These words are one of those many hard sayings. Few, even among those who call themselves religious choose to follow this passage literally and it is easy to proclaim poverty while excusing oneself for the possessions one has. We believe that we need things either to deal with current problems or as supports for possible future problems.

I know that I myself am condemned by these words which call for a complete trust in the Lord even as I place my trust in the many things that surround me. To divest myself of all things seems to hard, perhaps I could try to live with less instead.


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