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Lisa Duffy’s Daily Reflection

In the parable of the rich young man who approached Jesus seeking the key to eternal life, Jesus knew how good this man was trying to be, but He also knew what was holding him back. Possessions.

 

Possessions in and of themselves are not bad, of course, only their ability to get in the way of our relationship with Christ and others. Divorce has a way of stripping you of possessions involuntarily which can make your loss seem quite unjust. But did you ever consider that maybe it is a blessing in disguise?

 

When you go through a divorce and lose these material things that have kept you feeling safe and secure it can be very painful. But at the same time, there is a de-cluttering process, a sort of clearing away that happens in your heart and soul. You grieve the loss of possessions, relationships, status, etc. but at the same time your view of life’s landscape and the things in life that are truly important becomes much clearer and simpler. This is one way God works to bring good things out of the bad. Your great sense of loss is tempered with a new sense of clarity and wisdom.

 

Take heart when you hear today’s gospel and know that with all the loss you may have endured and as unjust as it may be, God is building you up. No one can take Christ from you. No one can take away your relationship with Him and He will lead you to eternal life.

 

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ”How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23)

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1 Comment

  1. Stephen-725391 October 14, 2012

    “When you go through a divorce and lose these material things that have kept you feeling safe and secure it can be very painful. But at the same time, there is a de-cluttering process, a sort of clearing away that happens in your heart and soul. You grieve the loss of possessions, relationships, status, etc. but at the same time your view of life’s landscape and the things in life that are truly important becomes much clearer and simpler. This is one way God works to bring good things out of the bad. Your great sense of loss is tempered with a new sense of clarity and wisdom.”

    Lisa, your about quoted statement is the 1st time I have been able to say this – There is nothing in that quote that I have taken pause with. Forty years of possession – some pre-dating the putative marriage GONE while I was recuperating from open heart surgery and in violation of a court order. What I realized and of all the baggage that I have dealt with, letting go of these important ‘things’, knowing that they were ONLY things and that they could and will be replaced with less and far superior items, allowed me to view (far more difficult and over a longer period of time) other more difficult items of baggage similarly. Yes, listening to the Gospel for today with this perspective allows me to say – of all the things you have written that I have read – I have no disagreement whatsoever.

    I meet with Sr. Carolyn on this coming Friday. Pray for me and that meeting.

    Stephen

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