Attachments block the flow of life.
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
Eternal life in the Christian tradition (or “enlightenment” in the Buddhist) can be tasted now for those who are truly in the flow of God’s will.
The “rich man” in today’s scripture passage wanted to know what he must do to “inherit eternal life.” He was doing all the right things…following all the commandments and religious rules…but he knew something was missing.
Jesus knew that the man’s disorienting dilemma was that he was attached to his many possessions.
That attachment blocked him being present to the flow of God’s goodness. It prevented him from knowing God’s call and becoming his “true self.”
Notice that Jesus “loved him” while calling him to make a major change. Love was Jesus’ motivation…not chastisement.
Possessions in and of themselves can be good if we are good stewards and generous with them. Renouncing them is not a requirement. However…it is difficult to have many possessions and not be attached to them…obsessed with protecting and increasing them.
We mistakenly believe that power, prestige and possessions will bring us happiness. Maybe they will briefly. But all those things will eventually disintegrate.
The source of lasting happiness is letting go of all that will not last.
What is left is the Presence of God alone.
Material possessions will fade away…but God’s love will never end.
What or who is blocking you from the free flow of God’s love and being your true self?
Following Jesus will show you the way.
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