Jesus tells the young man in today’s gospel, if you want to be happy - if you want to enter the kingdom of God - then give up all your wealth and come and follow me. The man went away sad because of his vast wealth.
To enter into the happy life of God’s kingdom requires some kind of conversion and letting go. This can happen in different ways for each of us. Oskar Schindler, the German business man and member of the Nazi party in Word War II, demonstrates a dramatic example of conversion. Through seeing the suffering of Jews in the holocaust he had a change of heart and all his priorities and ambitions changed. He uses his factory to save many Jews from the concentration camps. At the end of Steven Spielberg’s famous film, Schindler’s List, Schindler laments about not saving enough Jews, “I could have got more. If I had made more money… I threw away so much money. This car, why did I keep this car? Ten people (he could have saved by selling the car) right there. Ten more people. This pin, it’s made of gold, two people. It would have given me at least one more person. I could have got one more person.” When the Spirit enters into our lives then anything is possible and we can change and be transformed.
Today another Oscar - Archbishop Oscar Romero - will be canonised. Why not google him today? You can learn about his conversion story within the dramatic context of the civil war in El Salvador in the late 1970s.
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