“Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor.”

Mark 10:21

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Mark 10:17-30 

“He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.”

(Mark 10:20-22)

Listen: Forces of Attraction – Jóhann Jóhannsson

 

Despite Jesus knowing that the man resisted giving up his possessions, preventing him from following him more closely, Jesus looks upon him with love. Jesus is aware of our weaknesses and how possessions can tie us down.

In the silence of this day, ask God for help in using what we have wisely and live contently without what we would like to possess but cannot.


You have travelled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.

John O’Donahue – A Blessing For One Who Is Exhausted

PRAYER OF ABUNDANCE

I know that I am cared for by an Abundant Provider. I choose to be grateful and trusting. I believe I have enough and that what I need will always be provided. I choose to be content and generous. I know that my choices matter for myself, for others and for future generations. Help me to live consciously and creatively, celebrating signs of Your new creation that is present and coming. Generous Creator, who made me to seek the greater good of Your kingdom, Guide me to use my time, talents and resources to pursue what matters most. Teach me to be free, to live without worry, fear or greed in the freedom of Your abundance. Give me daily bread, as I share with those in need. Thank you for the precious gift of life!

"Free: Spending your Time and Money on what matter most"

by Mark and Lynn Scandrette

 
Abigail Dawson

Abigail Dawson holds a Masters in Development Studies, Sociology, from the University of Witwatersrand. Her activist and academic interests have focused on migration in a South African context. She is a qualified social worker and has provided counselling for migrant women and children. She hopes to bring change to the current public and global narrative on migration through effective and creative communication, networking and advocacy to ensure equitable communities for all people living in South Africa.

abigail.dawson@jrs.net
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