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Year of Faith: We Are Thankful for You, O Jesus

In this passage, Jesus teaches us about living a moral life that goes beyond obeying the Ten Commandments.

Call to Prayer: During this Year of Faith, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI asks our openness to re-encounter Jesus. We deepen our relationship with Christ by taking time to reflect with Scripture and with key documents of our Church. As we reflect on sections of Part III of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we explore our life in Christ and in the Holy Spirit and are led to respond to divine love through our actions on behalf of others, especially those in need.

Opening Prayer: Heavenly Father, today we come to you with open hearts to re-encounter your son Jesus. Embolden us to proclaim your Gospel in words and especially through our actions on behalf of those who suffer. Equip us to carry your word on our hearts. Clothe us with generosity and love for your poor, our favored brothers and sisters. Infuse us with joy so that we may celebrate your love for us and for all of creation. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Mt 19:16-22 The Rich Young Man

Now someone approached him and said, "Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?" He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments." He asked him, "Which ones?" And Jesus replied, " 'You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother'; and 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" The young man said to him, "All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to (the) poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

[Pause for a few minutes in silence. Slowly re-read the passage and focus on Jesus’ words.]

Reflection: [Individually or in small groups]

In this passage, Jesus teaches us about living a moral life that goes beyond obeying the Ten Commandments. He calls his followers to a radical detachment from material goods and a re- distribution to the poor.

Jesus, too, lived like a poor man.

Jesus is the ultimate teacher of morality; he taught us the right measure of love, which includes the love of neighbor, including enemies! How is Jesus your source of the love you need to lead a moral life?

What happens when we rely on the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes and other rules without love?

Closing prayer: In this season of Thanksgiving, You, Jesus, are the one we are thankful for. For being the main protagonist, teacher and example in our story of salvation, we thank you.

For showing us compassion in healing the lonely, the sick, the poor and the outcast, we thank you.

For your intimate connection to us, through the Holy Spirit, who kindles our hearts for You, the Father and all of creation, we are thankful. Amen.

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