1st Reading: 1 Samuel 8:4-7,10-22
Gospel Reading: Matthew 19:16-26
The theme of today’s readings is a very important one; who is king in our lives?
In the first reading the people go to Samuel and say that they want a king like everyone else. Samuel says that God is King of Israel and that they should obey God. But the people insist on getting a king of their own. God tells Samuel to warn the people as to what shall happen if they choose a king but the people persist and eventually God lets them have their way.
In the Gospel, the rich young man comes to Jesus and asks what must he do to inherit eternal. Jesus basically tells him to let go of his god which is money, and follow him.
The young man is, for the first time, confronted with the stark reality that money is his god. And he can’t let it go: he is too attached to it.
There are so many things in life that we are attached to. And there are so many things we cannot let go off. A big part of the Christian journey is becoming aware of where unhealthy attachments exists in our life and gradually letting go of all these things.
How many more have we to let go off?