Jesus, looking at him, *loved him* and said to him,“Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
“I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.”
If there was a top 3 list of the virtues our world needs more now than ever, wisdom would hover near the top. I swear, no matter where I look – social media, the internets, TV, movies, national & world news – foolishness reigns supreme king. And sitting right next to that guy on his right, the ever-present queen, materialism. I can sum up this thought in one word – Kardashian.
Now, before you go judging me for not lovin’ on the K’s, please don’t get me wrong. I love the Kardashians… with a Christian love… that they need Jesus. I think we all can agree that they speak for themselves on that subject. But I digress…
Don’t we all need Jesus? In my house, when someone needs a talkin’ to, we usually call it a “Come to Jesus.” We all need one of those Come-To-Jesus interventions in our lives now and again and you know why? Because we place junk on the throne instead of Him. We put our little golden-calf-like dime-store crapola on the throne of worship rather than the most precious and infinitely beautiful representation of every virtue and truth. If we truly believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, then why do we let those other foolish possessions reign supreme?
I’m sure most of free-cable-paying-world has seen a bit of the reality show, Hoarders. I am afraid I have to admit there is a small part of me that watches this show, because it makes me feel better about my own housekeeping. But I digress… again. The biggest reason I watch this show is because I find it fascinating that every single person is almost mirroring the other. Enter person who had something bad happen to them – they had a shift mentally – started collecting everything – and now arrived at a point that it threatens everything that *really* matters to them. They literally barricade themselves into a prison to make them feel safe. A prison – a tomb – of stuff. And now they have a choice.
We all have our “stuff.” We have our clothes, our homes, our cars, our phones, our games, our friends, our significant others, our pets, our *enter your stuff here* and if we don’t watch it, our stuff will take us over. Our stuff can make us poor in spirit, poor in faith, poor in wisdom & love. We become entombed by our own doing. But, here’s the thing. I believe Jesus offers us such beautiful sweet freedom with this week’s Gospel. That we always have a choice! Though giving up things is hard (hello LENT) it is meant to draw our hearts closer to His. And when our hearts meet, then wisdom and peace and understanding floods our soul. It begins with the choice to take those things off the throne that we “hoard” and follow our Lord who simply asks, “Can I sit there?”
What is He asking you to let go of?