Monday of 20th Week of Ordinary C

Detach What is So Attached For Treasure in Heaven

Looking at the list of the saints who are canonized in the Church, there are only a few lay men and women. This makes me asked myself how to find the true treasure after this life. To search for the answer, I am reminded the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel saying to the young man who followed and observed all the laws his life, “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.” It seems to join the saints in the heavenly host, one needs to learn to detach everything that this world offers. When we detach all things that so attached to us here on earth, then heaven is ours guaranty. However, we cannot come and follow the Lord Jesus unless we detach what is so attached to us in this walk of life. Interesting that most religious men and women and clergy often learn to detach first before they commit themselves to follow Jesus to serve those who are entrusted in their cares.

A devout Catholic once had a dream. He was brought to stand in front of a beautiful and gorgeous palace. Entering the door, he caught himself standing on the cleaned and shiny hall that on the left, there was a sign read for those who are Catholics; and on the right, there was a sign read for those who are not Catholics. He chose to go to the left. After a long walk, he came to another intersection that on the left it said, “For those who shelter the homeless and feed the poor”; on the right, it said, “For those who do not care about the homeless and the poor.” Once again, he chose to go to the left. He then came to another intersection that on the left it said, “For those who go to Church every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation,” and on the right it said, “For those who often miss going to Church.” He chose to go to the left again. Suddenly, he found himself standing in front of a humongous fire where many Satan groaning and grinding their teeth. He was sweat and woke up. It turned out that it’s just a dream.

Jesus’ invitation to the young man to sell what he has to give to the poor is an invitation to learn to detach what is so attached to him. You and I are invited to learn to detach what is so attached to us in order to follow the Lord Jesus in this walk of life. “If you want to be perfect” the Lord Jesus continues, “go, sell what you have … and you will have treasure in heaven.” This is also an invitation for you and for me, if we want to be perfect and possess the treasure in heaven, to become saint, we are invited to detach what is so attached to us then come and follow the Lord Jesus. Have you and I had courage and strength to respond to the Lord’s invitation to learn to detach what is so attached to us? Decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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