Ordinary Time

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Ordinary time again begins today. Ordinary time is symbolized by the green vestments and green is easily associated with growth(think about growing plants). The man in the gospel who asked Jesus about how to possess eternal life also has entered into a growing phase. He knows the Ten Commandments and has followed them from his youth,he knows what he was taught in the past. Jesus then tells 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.” Here is his growing phase; he was saddened because he had many things he could not part with. Eternal life, the Kingdom of God, required he do something different;something new. It required that he let go of this Kingdom (his present) and that he follow Jesus (to eternal life). One odd part of the story is that he was saddened because he had many possessions. The real sadness is that he was satisfied with where he was and with what he had. One part of entering the kingdom is letting go, the other part is participating. Gaining eternal life, entering the kingdom of God takes conforming to Gods kingdom, not constantly trying to get God to conform to you. The man that asked “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” has a lot of learning to do, a lot of growing. If he can let go of what he thinks he has and follows Jesus, perhaps he will grow. Perhaps he will learn what eternal life really is.

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