“Son of man, by a sudden blow I am taking away from you the delight of your eyes, but do not mourn or weep or shed any tears. Groan in silence.” These words taken from today’s first reading struck a chord in me. When we became immersed in the pandemic, it felt like this sudden blow had taken away so many of the delights we were accustomed to having. And now as it continues to drag on, we seem to find ourselves groaning in silence. When will this end, when will things be back to normal?
In the gospel reading, we are presented with the young man wanting to know what to do to follow Jesus. As he is presented with what is necessary, we are told that he became sad because he had many possessions. We are told that possessions prevented him from following Jesus.
Giving up our possessions is very hard work. We can attest to that as so much has changed. But in the words of Ezekiel, we are told: “not to mourn or weep or shed any tears.”
Rather than mourning, perhaps we should be rejoicing that we have the opportunity to focus on God’s gifts rather than our stuff. Maybe the invitation to follow Jesus is best experienced in simplicity and understanding God’s gifts.
Perhaps this is a time to experience God with us as described by Saint Peter Julian Eymard: “If we did not have the adorable Eucharist here below, Jesus, our God-with-us, this earth would be much too sad, this life too hard, and time too long. We must be grateful to the divine goodness for having left us this hidden Jesus, this pillar of cloud and fire in this desert.”
How can I turn my groan into gratitude today?
Let Us Pray
O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (Collect for 20th Week in Ordinary Time)
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