Journey into Freedom Day 31

A painting showing Christ talking to the rich young man with his disciples around him.

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more intimately, love him more dearly and follow him more closely.

Setting: Consider the Bible passage below, you can imagine you are the rich man, a follower of Jesus, a bystander or Jesus himself. Be aware of how you, and the others around you, react and feel.

Mark 10: 17-22 HCSB

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call Me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good but One—God. You know the commandments:

Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; do not defraud; Honour your father and mother.”

He said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these from my youth.”

Then, looking at him, Jesus loved him and said to him, “You lack one thing: Go, sell all you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” But he was stunned at this demand, and he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.

Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.

A Thought for Today: Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it. -  Benjamin Franklin

Guidelines on Giving away Money

The Spiritual Exercises offer some thoughts on almsgiving—giving money away. 1. Be aware if I give to my own family and friends whether it is really for the Love of God or my love for these persons. 2. I should imagine another person has the money and wants to distribute it in such a way as it does the most good—for the greater glory of God. I should then do likewise.

3. Imagine myself at the hour of my death; what way would seem to have been best to have given the money. Now I do likewise.