Gospel of Matthew: 16:16-22 Reflection:
This is one of those stories that we all know and which hold a certain amount of fear for us. It is the story of the rich young man and the bit that holds us in fear is where Jesus says to him, “Go and sell all you have and give it to the poor.”
We baulk at this and think that such a command is not practical. Perhaps we could look at it another way.
What do we really own? What holds us in bondage?
Our fears and our resentments and our hurts, whether real or imaginary; these are the things that we really own and which, in a very real sense, own us.
Jesus is calling on us to give up those things that keep us tied to this world, give them to him who is the poor one and to go one with our lives.
Imagine if we could be free of all our fears and hurts, if we could for one day, really leave them at the foot of the cross: now that would make a huge difference to our lives, to live happy, joyous and free.
Selling all and leaving everything in our material life is not practical. We have families and commitments and we have a duty to them.
But move this story onto a spiritual plain and it makes a lot more sense and is a lot more feasible.