St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

28th Sunday, Year B (11 Oct 2015)

"Jesus was setting out on a journey..."

The young man has seen the truth. The truth is like the face of a beautiful woman. You cannot say that she is not handsome. This is the spark of attraction.

Then he decides. "Jesus was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him and put this question to him". He asks that impressive man for advice. Up from his attraction he asks for help.

Jesus takes seriously the desire of this man and challenges him to go to the bottom: ‘There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’

"But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth." But he doesn't recognise completely the attraction. He does not surrender. A last reserve is still in place. And so his mentality, his way to think, to understand life, to make decisions, doesn't change.

I have a refugee at home. It is not just to try to find a practical solution. We are called to share the suffering of the others, to convert our lives so. They redeem us from our individualistic culture, from our indifference.

Jesus ask the young man: follow me. It is something easy: to indulge, to second the attraction that has captured me. Not as we often think, to accept a set of rules or a doctrine, even if they are the best.

We are resistant to God's method. Many things happen and so we start to have this initial position of the young man, this immediate openness. We see the Lord happening, but we start to put something in between, our ideas, other ways, instead of following this what Christ does.

It is not an incoherence, it is an inability of affection, an aridity. Like a lady giving me £250. I did not ask for money. But she saw the beauty of the office.

The movement here in the UK will be significative for our life and for others’ lives if there is a bunch of people affectively united to Christ. The difference between the young man and the disciples is not the moral one. The young man was even better in this! It is a difference of affection. I go with you. I don't. It is difficult to find people gathering because of Christ. People gathering with only one intention: to live faith and give testimony of faith. The sign of this, that you are following Christ, is a real friendship, a real help for each other.

Life is one hundred times more interesting if we let Christ perturb our lives and so we become perturbers.