He went away sorrowful for he had great possessions (Matt 19:22)
OUR STORY …
Papa has no possessions. It has been a long time since he had any, so perhaps he just couldn’t understand the way the laity was responding to this time of crisis. Whatever the reason, Papa decided he would take a day off from pontificating and try to live like he imagined the laity was living. He wanted to experience everyday life in a pandemic so he might know how to better pray for us.
Some say Papa ate a lot of popcorn during his pandemic research day (“PRD,” as the Vatican refers to it) . Others say he avoided all the cardinals and bishops, preferring mostly to binge-watch Netflix videos instead. Nobody knows for sure because the Vatican has remained strangely silent on this topic.
What we do know is that Papa completed his research satisfied that Jesus is still the answer. We also know that Papa has intensified his prayers for all people to turn back to Jesus during this crisis. And he continues praying that what the devil intended for harm would actually be used by God for the good of all people (Gen 50:20).
THE BIBLE …
In today’s Gospel message, Jesus reminds a young man that only one man is good (HINT: that would be Jesus), relieving the young man of the impossible burden of being good.
“Just keep the commandments,” Jesus says. But that doesn’t quite satisfy the inquisitive man.
“Which ones?” he asks the Lord, to which Jesus responds with a brief summary of all the commandments.
Apparently, feeling pretty good about his own performance, the young man tells the Lord he’s already doing all those things. That’s when the Lord gives him a real challenge.
“Sell all your stuff and give what you receive to the poor,” Jesus says. “Put your treasure in heaven and come with me.”
The stunned young man had a lot of possessions, and he was fond of those things. The notion of giving them up was overwhelming — even if this action would have made him a close friend of the Lord’s. He left Jesus very sad.
LIFE GOES ON …
Papa didn’t waste a lot of time on his PRD (pandemic research day), even when he was eating popcorn and binge-watching Netflix videos. Popes are like that. Jesus didn’t waste any time either. He left us with a message about stuff. It’s neither good nor bad. It is our hearts that we must guard.
Who are you? What’s really important in your life? And what are you doing now that will help you become the person you were meant to be?
That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!