I Give It All to You!

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

This past weekend I told the story of how when I played baseball in high school, we used to have to run… a lot… and the worse we beat teams, the more we ran after the game!! Humility is  important, especially in sports! I commented how I used to go about 80%  running until the last one when I would go all out. But I learned quickly one day when we had to run more after that “last sprint,” that due to my holding back for so long, my max had become that 80%, because I was dead after one time trying to do 100%. I had to learn to push myself harder, more consistently, to get better.

The Gospel last week (Mk 10:17-30) of the rich man    asking about the way to heaven begins with the Lord  basically telling him to keep the commandments. Do that, but don’t do this... To the high school baseball player he would say, take your swings, do the drills, keep with the group in running… do what you are told by the coach. To us, this may mean, attend Mass, pray here and there, be sure to get your kids the sacraments, and just don’t do anything crazy. 

But when he tells Jesus that he already does all these things, Jesus looks at him with love and says there is one thing missing. Now, go, sell what you have and give it to the poor and come and follow me. The man just can’t do it though, for the Gospel says he was attached to many things.

The Lord wanted that man’s last 20%, those things that he was holding closest to the chest, the part he was   reserving for himself. The Lord doesn’t necessarily want us to go and sell everything and donate it, but he wants us to be WILLING to do just that… To not have a part of us that we keep to ourselves, to not have a vice or a habit that we hide or avoid dealing with, to not say, I give my life to you Lord (well, except this and that). He wants to push us like my coach did, and he doesn’t want us to hold back.

So, today, ask the Lord to give you the grace to see what you are withholding from him, the grace to learn to give that last 20% of ourselves so that we not only run the race, but that we run it to win the race and with it, life eternal with God in heaven.

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