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August 16, 2021

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
www.usccb.org/bible/readings/081621.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Judges 2:11-19
Responsorial: Psalm 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44
Gospel: Matthew 19:16-22

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:

“When the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.” Matthew 19:22

The story of the rich young man in today’s gospel has captivated me since childhood. Jesus tells his prospective follower, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”

In the translation I read today, the man “went away sad.” He didn’t storm off in anger or rush away in despair. In sadness, there is room for quiet reflection that brings forth growth and transformation.

I also notice that it was the man who turned away from Jesus. Jesus didn’t walk away from the man. Sometimes I know what Jesus asks of me, but I am not quite ready for the challenge. My heart is heavy until I let go of whatever is “possessing” me and return to Christ.

Lord, my heart is full of sadness when I am not close to you. Help me let go of the barriers that separate us and return to the joy I feel when I follow you.  

May God’s Peace Be with You,
Trina Wurst

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