A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Monday 17 August

Ezekiel 24:15-24; Canticle Deuteronomy 32:1-12; Matthew 19:16-22

Come, follow me

Following Jesus defines discipleship, not wealth or status. Although not required of Peter, Andrew and other disciples, Jesus invites the 'greedy' young man to sell all. 'Greedy' is a more accurate description than 'rich' because in a world of limited goods those who had more than they needed were considered thieves or greedy. They took what rightfully belonged to all. This gospel challenges us today who usually have more than we need. Do I need more information about the origins of cheap 'bargains' made overseas (e.g., $5 tee shirt) – the conditions of the workers, the exploitation of Earth?

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