The rich man (Matthew 19:16-22) was called by Jesus to follow him. He was a good person, he had kept the commandments, but he went away sad because his wealth was an obstacle preventing him from being totally free to follow Our Lord.
Perhaps the rich man was sad because he wasn’t able to fulfill his true vocation. Fr Brett Brannen in his book “To Save a Thousand Souls” has a very interesting chapter called, “God said go and I said no.” In this chapter Fr Brannen discusses the consequence of not following one’s true vocation and how this may relate to our future happiness. Fr Brannen says “A man will never be happy and fulfilled in his life if he is living in the wrong God-predetermined vocation.” Page 64
Fr Brannen says “The discernment of your vocation is the most important decision you will ever make. It is an art and it must be learnt by effort and practice. It is not sufficient just to read about vocations. To discern well, men must be humble, courageous, and prayerful. He must really desire to know the will of God and he must be willing to work to discover it.” Page 62
Kind regards and God bless
Fr Eamon Kennedy
22nd August 2013
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