‘Sell all that you have …’ The young man’s heart fell as so much of him was at stake.
A hundredfold is real abundance. But, if you give nothing, you receive nothing; a hundredfold of nothing is nothing. The scourge is ‘wanting to possess and to grasp’. The way it looks, how it makes us feel and the social status it grants are too attractive. ‘Sell all that you have …’ The young man’s heart fell as so much of him was at stake.
Being dispossessed is scary. It feels like failure. We want our hundredfold now to buy many more things. The hundredfold is certainly now, though in a different currency. Check those who lost everything and would have begged the minister, the business community with their cell number on TV. They now sit back and lick their wounds and slowly begin to build without excess, thriftily, every morsel matters.
Our possessions imprison us. ‘After the fire I realised that there was a part of me that I was unaware of. My real self was unattached to all that possessions that went up in flames. I was now freed to encounter the true part of myself.’