Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother.”
He replied and said to him,
“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement, his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the Kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
“Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.” MK 10:17-27
Today, Jesus teaches us that wealth and power are false securities. He deflects the rich young man from the start when the rich young man calls Him good, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” Life itself is a gift from God. We did not make it ourselves. What we accomplish does not matter, but how much we love. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that we seek happiness falsely in power, wealth, pleasure, and honor. He taught that Jesus had none of these on the cross. He had no power. He was nailed to a cross. He had no wealth. He was naked. He had no pleasure, He was at the physical, mental, and psychological limits of pain. He had no honor. He was being mocked as King of the Jews. St. Thomas said we must despise these 4 things and do the one thing Jesus loved while on the cross. Jesus loved doing the will of God. God’s will alone can bring us holiness and true happiness (from Bishop Barron’s video on the beatitudes).
Search for the root of what is causing you to sin or search for false happiness. Fr. Mike Schmitz reminds us that we are doing the will of God when we can say yes to 3 things: am I in the state of grace, did I pray today, and am I doing my daily tasks (following the 10 commandments). Fr. Barron says we know we are doing God’s will when we see the fruits of the Spirit in our life: joy, peace, love, generosity, faithfulness, self-control, patience, kindness, modesty, chastity, gentleness, and goodness. God’s grace alone saves. Bring yourself to His grace through the many avenues Jesus set up while on earth, confession, Eucharist, prayer, fasting, almsgiving, indulgences, and works of mercy.
Today’s challenge: Submit your will to God, love, give Him the glory. Only God’s grace can bring us back to Him. Stop worrying about accomplishing and getting recognition, today start to live with purpose, do each act with love not wanting any acknowledgement for your good deeds.
Be a servant, become a saint!