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Letting It Go

     Last weekend I had attended a vocations retreat for those discerning their vocation in life. One day at lunch I was sitting with the Jesuit priest who had been vocation director for the Jesuits in Canada for 16 years.  He had explained that the Jesuits, as part of their entry must go on a trip, with a one way ticket. Their ticket was either to their location, or back. However, they were not allowed to bring money and very little supplies. This trip could be anywhere in Canada or the United States. The point of this trip, the priest explained was to develop within the novices a reliance on the divine providence of God.

     In the gospel today from Mark, a man approaches Jesus wanting to know what it takes to attain eternal life. Jesus' answer begins with restating the well-known and strictly followed commandments given by God to Moses. Jesus quotes the part of the mosaic law that deals with ones' relationship with each other. Then Jesus continues to tell the man to leave his possession and riches, to which the man left Jesus upset.  In Jesus' day ones' possessions defined a person and meant that if they had more, and were richer, they would have a better place in eternal life.

     The first reading is taken from the Book of Wisdom, in which king Solomon beautifully writes about lady wisdom. A figure which is always portrayed feminine and is attributed with many characteristics throughout Solomons praises. In the passage given today, from the book of Wisdom, we are told that the great king, would rather have lady wisdom than any gold, silver, or any gems.  Lady Wisdom brings along good things to Solomon  and therefore he writes in praise that, "wealth [is] nothing in comparison with her" ( wis 7:8) Solomon happily chooses the wisdom from God than his riches because he knows that wisdom gives him life, understanding, and fulfilment.

     The rich man coming to Jesus in the Gospel comes to him, already knowing that he is on the way to eternal life because he has followed the commandments since his youth ( Mk 10:20). However, when Jesus added on the part of leaving his riches, the man became upset because he was deeply attached to things. These possessions are important to him-to important that he would continue enjoying them, instead of attaining eternal life!

     Jesus spells out in the Gospel that to be a disciple we must let go of our attachment and need for material possessions. Our hearts and minds must be focused on God and attaining eternal life, like the man at the beginning of the Gospel. However, if we want to be a true disciple we are called away from our possessions to truly turn our focus on Christ. We should use our possessions has a means of getting closer to Christ and to attaining eternal life. It is requiring us to detach ourselves from the consumerism oriented society that we live in and to acknowledge the their is something greater and better out there. Leaving behind our possessions requires that we not fall into the self-contentedness that possessions can trap us into.  To be a true disciple we must realign our core and focus again on Christ.

     Christ is calling us to let go of our earthly desires and dependencies and to be totally dependant on him. He is calling us to acknowledge that God is always looking after us and is calling us to enter through the narrow gate. He calls us to leave behind our honourable titles and attachments to items to become attached to Him, the giver of life. St Thomas Aquinas had presented to Jesus what he had written about him and Thomas recounts hearing the words of Christ saying " You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward will you have?” To which Thomas responded, " None Other than you Lord."

     Thomas Aquinas is a good example of true discipleship. He had the opportunity to ask anything from the Lord, anything. But instead of asking for material things, he asked for Christ. Our lives must be centred around Christ and we must have faith and trust that he will provide for what we need. How many times do we pray the Lords prayer, and truly believe that God will indeed "Give us this day our daily bread." Do we truly believe that Christ has compassion and care to supply us with what we need?

     The teachings of Jesus again perplexes his disciples has he states that we must give up our addictions to possessions to follow him. Christ is calling us to turn to him, the one true living vine that gives us life. He is calling us to trust in the providence of God, and to know that in Him, we are all taken care of. We are called, as disciples, to be totally dependant on God and God alone. We are called to focus on God; to trust in God, to live with God.

Let us today look at our lives and see, what attachment to possessions is blocking me from truly following Christ with my full heart.

Have a Great Sunday!

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