There are some sets of verbs that give us insight into the practice of discipleship. In the parables of the treasure in the field and the pearl of great price, we have finding, selling, and buying. At the consecration of the Mass, we encounter take, bless, break, and give. In today’s gospel, the rich young man is invited to go, sell, give and come. These verbs remind us that discipleship is a dynamic process. We cannot think our way into becoming disciples. We have to act. We have to make an investment. We have to risk our assets by giving them away to others, especially the least, the last, and the lost where we may feel there is little likelihood of a return. As Jesus has repeatedly told his disciples, we need to make sacrifices. Are we willing to go completely in with Jesus? Are there things that tempt me to make compromises or hold back in some way?
—Fr. Joe Folzenlogen, S.J. is a pastoral minister in Cincinnati, OH, where he has long contributed to care for the poor and those in need