Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
Matt 19: 21-22
We’re all doomed if this is literally true, so what does it mean? Should we divest ourselves of everything that we don’t need? Should we be detached from our possessions? Is it enough to be “poor in spirit”? As I sit at my desk in my comfortable home, planning a not inexpensive holiday, where does it leave me? Sorrowful?
God, open my eyes to the needs of the poor. Show me what I need to do, how I should live, given the circumstances of my life, but knowing that those circumstances could change at any minute.