Having Too Much

Monday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
[419] Ezekiel 24:15-23
Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21
Matthew 19:16-22

Today’s Gospel is a challenging and familiar one. Jesus tells a young man that he must keep the commandments, and he must love his neighbor as himself. When the young man is able to check those things off his list, Jesus had one more: sell what you have and give it to the poor.  Then, Jesus says, come and follow me. The young man went away sad, for he had too much.

Many of us are maybe like this young man: overwhelmed with things that we do not need, yet we want more and more. I think it is more than helping those less fortunate than we are. Breaking free of our possessions can help us see what is important. Some may say that we should break free from our computers, our tablets, our phones. However, like me, I am handicapped. I cannot get out of the house, and these devices are essential for my everyday life. Others may rely on them for their jobs, while others use their devices to help pray, laugh, and to connect with friends and families. However, we should not let it keep us from connecting with what is important around us: our families, friends, and most importantly, ourselves.

With possessions such as these, we must be mindful, especially those of us who have the problem of having too much.

Let me be mindful of who I am before I start counting what I own. Let me be mindful of those who struggle to survive and do what I can for them. Let us all learn from His example and let me thank God for my blessings.

- Mike Richman


One Comment

  1. Elaine Gallion says:

    Minimalist living is really following Christ. It is a release of thing that may and do have ahold on us. When I look around my apartment, I agree with you, Mike, too much, and half of it I do not even use. I have been wanting to hone down on my possessions and reading your advice has made me want to do it even more.

    So, I will start a little at a time and, hopefully, will rid myself of things “I really do not need” but I will make certain to donate what is useable to others and perhaps they can enjoy what I was not enjoying……just to have something does not make you happy.

    God bless you and thank you for opening up my mind and heart to know that less is really more.

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