Thursday, January 3, 2013

One thing you haven't done!

“There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me"(Mk10:21). There is still one thing you haven't done! What is that one thing in our lives to follow Jesus? I think it needs a deep reflection to find out what is the one thing or many things. Jesus can be a reference point to find this out. Zaccaeus stood in front of this reference point, he felt like looking at a mirror, and found what he hasn't done. Zacchaeus said, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount"(Lk:19/8). He might had a deep reflection on the fig tree!
We use the terms attachment and detachment in the spiritual conversations. If you want to attach to God you may have to detach certain things. In the life of Elisha we read "he took his yoke off oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant"(1kings 19/21). God told Abraham"Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you"(Gen 12:1). Peter pulled his boat up on the shore, left everything and followed Jesus(Lk. 5/11).
Somebody asked a guru what is attachment? He said, attachment is the dance of our outer pleasure. Then he was asked what is detachment? Guru said, detachment is the song of our inner joy.
I remember the story of Sylvester, one of the first ten disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. When Bernard, a rich young man renounced everything and was giving up his wealth to the poor to follow Francis, Sylvester, was the parish priest of St. Ruffino, told him that he didn't receive proper value for the stones that he sold to Francis to build San Damiano. Francis gave him handful of money. That day he couldn't sleep, he fell in deep silence. That made him to be the disciple of Francis.
Let me invite you to have a deep reflection in front of the mirror, the reference point, Jesus to find what is the one thing that we haven't done.

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