‘Those who have much are often greedy; those who have little always share’ (Oscar Wilde)

This week we are invited to reflect on the idea that to become too concerned with possessions, wealth and status can lead to a life that is never quite as fulfilled as it could be. Possessions can become our God; they can take over our lives, our time our energies and our attention. The young man in the Gospel story asked Jesus, ‘what must I do to gain eternal life’?

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.

Prayer

Lord, we find it very difficult to accept your teachings in such a materialistic world, when a person’s worth is measured, not by that he or she is, but by what they have. Help us to appreciate the really important things in life; goodness, friendship, love, peace, justice. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen