Sunday, July 31, 2011
The Rich Young Man
Now someone approached Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He asked him, “Which ones?” And Jesus replied, ” ‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother'; and ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” The young man said to him, “All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew 19:16-24)
I celebrated Holy Mass last evening in French at the Immaculate Conception Church in Palmer Road as the parish priest was occupied.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I bless you, My brother Melvin, and all My brothers and sisters living in every country of the world. As the passage above shows, I am calling you all to follow the 10 Commandments of God. It is in doing this that you show your love to Our Heavenly Father and to Me, the Son of God. I was very pleased when the young man came and told Me that he followed all the commandments. However, when I called him to follow Me, he refused because he had too many possessions. Today many young men and women refuse My calling because they are so attached to the things of the world and their faith is weak. I call you all to pray every day that the young may have the strength to answer My call to the priesthood and religious life. I call many every year. I love you all my friends.”