Weekend Reflections for 10/9/15
"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.'" (Mk 10:21)
The rich young man fails not in having riches but in his attitude towards them. They have become his security, his identity, his purpose in life. He no longer owns them; they own him and he is not free to choose otherwise. Ignatius calls that an "attachment" when we give power to something and forget or fail to recognize that everything is a gift from God's loving hand. We are to make use of His gifts, our riches, in so far as they help us to praise, reverence and serve Him. Our riches are so much more than what shows on our financial statements and bank balances; they are our time and talents, our abilities and willingness, our love and shows of affection for others, the smile freely given. All of our gifts are to be shared with others, to enrich them as well. It's not the one who has the most who is happiest but the one who needs the least.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY
UPCOMING RETREATS WITH OPENINGS:
Men: 10/22, 10/29, 11/5
Women: 11/16, 1/1
First Responder's Retreat: 11/2 - 11/4
(This retreat has been approved by the MO Dept. of Public Safety for 8-POST continuing education credit hours!)