One topic of conversation in many gatherings is the sad reality of suicide. Why do people take their own lives? We read about prominent celebrities often having suicides. They have money, they have fame, they have so many friends, and they enjoy the finer things in life. With all of these, aren’t they supposed to be happy?
In the Gospel, we hear of Matthew the tax collector. During the time of Jesus, tax collectors were rich. Hence, he was supposed to be happy. Yet he was not because the moment Jesus said, “follow me,” he stood up and left everything behind.
Three of the many reasons why we should follow Jesus?
- Like Matthew, we are looking for something. Certainly, it is more than money. Why? There are many things that money cannot give. It may give us a nice bed, but what about sleep? It may give us the best food, but what about the appetite?
- We are all sinners. Who among us lives a perfect life? Even bishops, priests, our own parents, our teachers, and our bosses are not perfect. Everyone commits mistakes, everyone commits sin, everyone hurts God, themselves, and others. We are all in need of forgiveness and a second chance.
- We are only living in this world temporarily. Jesus told His disciples that in my Father’s house there are many places. He also told His disciples to reach His Father’s house, He is the way, the truth, and the life.
In each Mass, we remember the saying: “Do not compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to Jesus. He is the one you’re following.”