DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Dear Friend in the Lord,
Faith – Detachment: In today’s Gospel, the good and fervent rich man approached Jesus for advice: “Master, what good deed must I do to possess eternal life?” He obeyed all the commandments, but was not willing to be detached from his material riches, even for the sake of eternal life. What are my attachments?
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
A man came to Jesus and asked, ‘Master, what good deed must I do to possess eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is one alone who is good. But if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’
He said, ‘Which ones?’ Jesus replied, ‘These: You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false witness. Honour your father and your mother. You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’
The young man said to him, ‘I have kept all these. What more do I need to do?’ Jesus said, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ But when the young man heard these words he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.