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dc.contributor.authorSchnack, Janen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 419en_US
dc.description.abstract"The children of Israel offended the LORD by serving the Baals."||"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."|We are told that the young man had many possessions and wanted to know what good he must do to gain eternal life. Jesus sensed the trouble the young man was experiencing in his heart and how possessions were keeping him from giving himself whole-heartedly to God. "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."|What do our possessions provide for us? Do they satisfy our desire for happiness and security? Do possessions prevent us from giving ourselves whole-heartedly to God? Do we serve our possessions [like the children of Israel serving the Baals] instead of serving the Lord? Possessions can't give us the kind of peace and happiness that we find in God. Sometimes our hope for happiness gets misplaced in materialism. Jesus challenges our attachment to earthly possessions. Jesus challenges us to contemplate what our greatest treasure is truly. The thing we most set our heart on is our highest treasure. The Lord is accessible to all, the rich and the poor. Possessions cannot provide the lasting peace and happiness that the Lord can provide. No other treasure can compare with the Lord.|This story has been on social media for a few years. Whether or not authentic, I thought it spoke well to today's readings:|An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each other's hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that, as one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said: "UBUNTU: how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?"| 'UBUNTU' in the Xhosa culture means: "I am because we are."en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, August 19, 2013: 20th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Nursingen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Nursingen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSchnack, Jan C.en_US Timeen_US 20en_US
dc.subject.local1Judges 2:11-19en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43ab, 44en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 19:16-22en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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