Detachment

Freedom and Detachment – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Freedom and Detachment – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us…something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? . . . No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation…Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. Amen.”

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Detachment and Trust – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Detachment and Trust – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

It is only as we cling to these promises, and more importantly to the one in whom they find their “yes”, our Lord Jesus Christ, that we are able, in faith, to let go of the things of this world—whether it is material possessions, personal justice, or our idea of how our lives should end up, not because they don’t matter but because we trust that God is good and faithful, and because he is just.. Discipleship and obedience, particularly when it comes to teachings as challenging as these, are not ultimately about getting things right; they are about surrendering “to the Love that makes man fully alive” (Robert Barron).

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The Treasure of Divine Union – Gospel for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Treasure of Divine Union – Gospel for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The parables teach us that though God’s grace coupled with our own willful efforts, we can disconnect from our natural, concupiscent urges and impulses and gain dominion over ourselves and thus act most perfectly in accordance with that which we recognize to be good and true… Through the parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Value Christ insists that detachment must be achieved at whatever cost that we may obtain the single greatest gift that exists in the universe: the knowledge and love of God

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Inexorably Aimed Toward Jerusalem – Luke 18

Inexorably Aimed Toward Jerusalem – Luke 18

If, then, following Jesus is the more demanding command, why order the rich man sell and give? Because this was the concrete incarnate way this particular man was to follow Jesus; it was his particular cross. Paul says of the meaning of the Cross: “You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich”(II Cor. 8:9) Isn’t that what he asked of this man? Isn’t that what he asks of us, each in our own way?

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Detachment and Freedom – Luke 12

Detachment and Freedom – Luke 12

Against the corrosive effects of this fear and distrust of God’s goodness, Jesus calls us to detachment from these things, not because these things don’t matter or because God wants to divest us of their pleasure, but because he wants to free us from the control that they have over us, so that we may more fully experience his abundant life. Detachment does not mean not desiring these things, but rather subjecting our desire for them to an even greater desire: the fulfillment of the will of God in our lives and in the world around us

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