Reflections - October 11, 2015

“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.”  Mk. 10:21.
 
We sometimes should ask ourselves, “How does Jesus see me?”  Will I discover that He looks at me with love so I will follow Him?
 
If you read the Gospels well you will discover that Jesus’ entire life was a calling.  He called the Samaritan woman to “leave the well”, change her life and follow Him.  He called the Apostles to leave everything and “come follow Me”.  He called the young rich man to “sell what you have and you will have treasure in heaven”.
 
Of course to follow Him is to carry the cross of each day.  It is like Pope Francis says:  “It is a following in which we see ourselves being formed by the Lord and configuring the heart in His image”.
 
To follow Him is to keep the Commandments, as John the Apostle says:  “The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments”.  “Whoever claims to abide in him out to live as he lived”.  1 John 2:3,6.  If not we would be as 1 John 2:4 says:  “the truth is not in him”.
 
The Lord invites us to leave everything to work for the Kingdom.  What does working for the Kingdom mean for Jesus?
 
Ignatius of Loyola said a phrase that has always struck me in relation to working for the Kingdom of God.  He said:  “I want and desire and it is my deliberate determination to do so”.  To want is to break with inconsistencies and fatigue and search for work that least compromises me.  To desire to do His will is the determination against inconsistencies.  Today we think of evangelistic projects, but when we stumble upon the first obstacle, there comes the inconsistencies and we abandon the project and we take refuge in other “things”.
 
Today as you receive the Sunday Eucharist let yourself be seen by the Lord with love and ask yourself:  “Lord, what must I leave behind to follow you?”