Ezekiel 24:15-24, Deuteronomy 32:18-21, Matthew 19:16-22
My Beloved, often it is our own actions that bring calamity upon us. When we sin, Your Spirit departs from us and we have no one to blame but ourselves. It is useless to weep and mourn for what is past but we can do is make amends, trust in God's mercy, ask forgiveness, believe that it has been granted and move on in faith and confidence stronger that we were before.
Lord, help me!
My Beloved, we make sinful choices, we reject You in our foolishness and ignorance, we turn our back to You forgetting all You have done for us, how much You always love us and how You have always been close to us. When we experience the consequences of sin which which is separation from You, we begin to mourn and lament. We make sinful choices and we are surprised at our unhappiness.
Grant me wisdom and understanding Beloved and I shall not stray from You.
My Beloved, the rich young man approached You aware that despite the fact that he kept God's law something was still lacking. He has heard of You, has sought You out hoping that You would tell him what more he needed to do in order to live a spiritually enriched life. He certainly asked the right question, what should he do in order to attain eternal life. You told him he should keep the commandments. He wanted to know which ones. You listed six from the ten, “Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, 19 honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” He replied truthfully that he had kept them all his life. Wow! This man was sincerely trying to live a life that was pleasing to God. However, he still did not feel fulfilled. He believed there was more and so You revealed to him what he needed to do if he was really serious in growing in perfection.
The earnest, well intentioned young man discovered that grace does not come cheap nor does it come without sacrifice. To gain the Kingdom we must be prepared to give up anything that holds us back from making a total commitment. In this man's case it was his great wealth that was holding him back. When You told him that he had to sell all he had, give the money to the poor and then return and follow You his face fell and he went away sadder and emptier than he was when He first approached You.
How often we find that in our own spiritual journey towards heaven we are only prepared to go so far and no further and this is why we are unable to make much headway in our growth to holiness and perfection.