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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 19, 2019

Monday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time 


Jdg 2: 11-19

Ps 105: 34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43ab and 44

Mt 19: 16-22

 

Gospel Reading

 

A young man approached Jesus and said, "Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?" He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments." He asked him, "Which ones?" And Jesus replied, "You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to him, "All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?" 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.

 

 

Attachment to Wealth, an Obstacle to Follow One’s Call

 

A few young Indians leave their high profile jobs in multi-national companies abroad and return to India to take up something very creative and fulfilling. One among them is Robin Keshaw a graduate in Computer Science and Economics. He was working with California based virtualization giant VMW as a software engineer. After spending two years, he quit his job to join Teach For India as a fellow. He is teaching in a Government primary school, situated in the heart of Azadpur Sabzi Mandi, Delhi, one of the biggest open markets in Asia. The kids he teaches belong to the families of vegetable vendors and are migrants from UP and Bihar.

 

The reason for quitting a lucrative job in his own words is, “The complacency of a corporate job, restricting oneself to the comfort zone, the urge to change myself and contribute to the change in the society, the utter mess of Indian education system, all of them were responsible for this decision”. He further says, “Whenever I used to see a poor, destitute kid on the road, it used to bother me a lot. What if this kid was Maths prodigy and could become the Ramanujan or Shakunthala Devi. I could have been there, if it was not for my family or for the education I have received. The more I thought about it, more I got convince and became an educator, especially among the disadvantaged sections, to change the destiny of our country”.

 

When a young man approached Jesus and asked him what he should do to receive eternal life Jesus told him that he should give up everything and follow him. Because he was very rich he was not ready to give up his possessions and follow Jesus. Another reason for his reluctance to follow Jesus could be his failure to understand the richness and fulfillment in becoming a partner in the mission of Jesus.

 

In the history of the world we come across certain individuals who gave up riches and material comforts for a mission which gave them fulfillment and internal satisfaction. St. Francis Assisi, Mother Theresa and Baba Amte are a few among them. Robin Keshaw, a young computer engineer, who gave up his highly paid job for teaching the underprivileged children also belong to this category of individuals.

 

Often attachment to wealth becomes an obstacle in following Jesus and becoming a partner in his mission. Wealth is only a means to achieve one’s goals in life, but if it becomes the goal of a person’s life he may end up in failure. Material wealth also can become temptation to those who have left everything to follow Jesus. The best means for overcoming this temptation is constantly becoming aware of the mission for which a disciple of Jesus is called and contemplating on the richness of the mission.

 

Fr Jacob Peenickaparambil CMI  

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