Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?

The military is known for its use of many acronyms.  While in the Navy, I learned my fair share of them.  For those who needed a little more discipline, they were sent to a MASH session – Make A Sailor Hurt – which was about 2-3 hours of nothing but push-ups, sit-ups and shark/beach exercises.  If you don’t know what a shark/beach exercise is, lay on the ground, face down and when someone yells shark, you have to mimic a panic swim, arms and legs flailing with only your stomach touching the ground until they yell the word beach.  Our company commander would get mad at us, tell us we’re going swimming, yell shark and then head back into his office to catch on some paperwork; about 30 minutes later he would come back out and say beach; wait a few seconds and then repeat the process.  If you’re looking to drop some weight, try doing that a couple of times a day, along with a couple hundred push-ups and sit-ups.  I lost 40 lbs in 8 weeks of boot camp.

Another one they taught us was KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.  And that would be my take on today’s Gospel, let’s keep it simple stupid.  The first reading tells us AGAIN, how God’s chosen people lost faith in Him and chose to worship false gods.  I think that ties in with what Jesus is challenging the young man in the Gospel – what do you hold more dearly – God or your riches and your personal comfort?  That same questions rings true today.  What do you hold more dearly?  Work or God?  A new car or God?  Golf or God?  Sleeping in on Sunday morning or God?  I think you may have the gist of what I’m getting at.  Do we make God convenient or do we make Him our priority?  Do we fit Mass or good works into our schedule or does our schedule revolve around Mass and good works?  Just as Jesus told the young man this morning, we can’t let our possessions, our riches, stand in the way of what is the greatest treasure obtainable – eternal life with our Heavenly Father.  Pay close attention to how our Gospel ends this morning…

Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,
sell what you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.

When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.

Ponder that statement.  The young man went away sad  because he had many possessions.  That’s kind of open ended here isn’t it.  Did he head back home sad because he had no intention of giving up his riches?  OR did he go back home sad that he was going to give up his life of comfort and possessions and sad about the reality of how hard his life might become in order to gain heaven?  I pray he chose the latter.  I pray that I’m able to chose the latter; I pray that I don’t place my possessions and personal comfort ahead of my desire to follow God.

Do something great for our Lord today – KISS.  And in the words of one of my most favorite cartoon characters – Tigger – TTFN.

God’s will, not mine,  be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

2 thoughts on “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?

  1. TaTa For Now

    On Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 5:50 AM St. Mary Magdalen Men of God wrote:

    > stmmmenofprayer posted: “The military is known for its use of many > acronyms. While in the Navy, I learned my fair share of them. For those > who needed a little more discipline, they were sent to a MASH session – > Make A Sailor Hurt – which was about 2-3 hours of nothing but push-” >

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