Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mt 19:16-22 Come Follow Me

Mt 19:16-22  Come Follow Me
A young man approached Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” 
“What do you have to do to get to heaven?”    I know…it’s kind of a trick question. But I would often ask it to my students when I taught theology, and undoubtedly they would answer:  Be good.  I would then remind them that if that were the case, then why did Jesus have to die for us?  Couldn’t he have just preached to us?
Keep the commandments.  The young man’s question is not initially answered by the Lord.  He tells the young man, “If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”  Notice the Lord did not tell him, “If you wish to enter into eternal life, keep the commandments?”  He went on to say: Do not kill; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your mother and father; love your neighbor as yourself.    
But wait…isn’t something missing?  Aren’t the first three commandments missing? 
No!  Not if you want to be “good”.
If you ask people what they must do to be “good”, then most will tell you:  be kind, be nice, be considerate, be tolerant, be respectful, be honest, be yourself.    
But being good is not enough. If you wish to enter into heaven, then you must believe in the one the Father sent.  Remember:  “No one comes to the Father except through the Son” (cf. Jn 14:6).  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we are saved” (Acts 4:12).    
Being good is good, but being better than good is the best.
If you wish to be perfect, go, give to the poor what you have and follow me.  To believe in the Lord means to follow the Lord…with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind and with all my strength.  To follow the Lord leaves hardly any room to follow anything or anyone else, including myself.  To love the Lord above all things is the greatest commandment.  It means to sell what is most precious to me in order to inherit something that is priceless. 
What does the Lord want me to give away?  Well, what possession do I possess is most precious to me?  Maybe my most precious possessions are not something physical, but rather something immaterial, like opinions, my opinions. 
Opinions are not hard to come by.  They readily flow from our mouths.  Now, there’s nothing wrong with an opinion as long as it corresponds to God’s Will.  But if it doesn’t, then maybe that is something worth forfeiting to inherit the faith of priceless value.
We, Americans, are very good at being philanthropic.  We are good at giving our money.  We are also very good at attaching our opinions to our giving.  The Gates comes to mind.  They are very generous with their excess money, but only when it comes to causes they believe in.  This sounds reasonable unless one’s beliefs are unreasonable.
What are my opinions if they are not attached to the Will of God?  Simply put:  they are a tear in God’s (and humanity’s) eyes.  What are my opinions and my giving if they are not attached to the Will of God?  Simply put:  they are an extension of my possessions and the illusion of generosity. 
Follow me means exactly what is says; in every imaginable way; in every sense of the word. 


  1. You're so right, being good isn't enough.

    "Come follow me" is a simple request from Jesus, but it's not easy to do all of the time! Letting go of any and all attachments that prevent the Lord from being the greatest treasure and desire.

    What a terrific reflection for me.

    Have the best day!

  2. Father Alfonse, beautiful meditation and very appropriate in these days. I was about to comment on your prior blog, but after reading this, I decided to keep my opinion to myself... God bless you.

  3. What are my opinions if they are not attached to the Will of God? Simply put: they are a tear in God’s (and humanity’s) eyes.

    Just a few years ago, I was surprised when I was wrong.
    Now, I am surprised when I am right!!
    I truly thank Jesus for bringing me to my knees.

    I recognize that God continues to test me. He cannot tempt me. Whatever desires are in my heart is what tempts me - He only tests me. This is the only way He can make me stronger: testing me in such a way that I recognize my own weaknesses and self seeking desires - which is the only way I can be tempted. If my heart belongs to something else I am tempted. If my heart belongs Only to Him, there is no temptation; the test is easy to pass.

    My neighbor that Jesus asks me to love is given to me only through the grace of God. I am in awe of the many different neighbors He has given me to love. Some, I love this way; some, I love that way; but He is asking me to grow to be more like Him. He talked to the sinners who knew, deep down, that they were sinners, reprimanded the self righteous Pharisees, and spoke honestly to His closest friends so that they could see themselves with new eyes…. and let go of their human dreams and desires. His Disciples were the Ones who really made a difference! They were on the front lines!! In the end, His Disciples and those who were faithful, were / are all on the same page: They were / are all One, ONLY through Jesus Christ - His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity!

    I thank you My Lord and God, for the many gifts You have given to me through my neighbors. I have grown through the friendship and love of others to bring me closer to You, which is all I truly desire. The road I’m traveling is bumpy with gravel and rocks; I expect no less. I can only Thank You with my life of a continual Yes to Your Will.

    Thank you Father Alfonse for your Yes to the Priesthood. You are an inspiration to many that follow you. Godspeed in all your endeavors - Only for Him.

    I love Faith's line: “i’ll see you in the Eucharist”.




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