February 10, 2020
Unfortunately, in our human condition, it is a temptation toward minimalism. It may take the form of a student who wants to do as little work as possible, but to reap the rewards of serious study. Or the adult, who also allows minimalism to enter into his workplace ethics, and (even worse) his interpersonal relationships. The words of Jesus in the gospel may surprise us, because He calls us beyond a minimalism to see the full ramifications and consequences of our words and actions. He calls us to the fullness of life, as this minimalism is holding us back, enslaving us, and restricting our exposure to the grace of God. A common reaction may be that the Lord is asking too much of us. However, He will not ask us to live in this way without giving us the grace to respond with all our hearts, and truly proclaim that we are giving a resounding ‘Yes’ to the Lord Jesus and the life he offers us.