Think about it for a minute. God does give without measure. The joy He offers each of us cannot be taken away by any pain, or loss, or suffering. The graces offered overflow daily into our lives.
In return we are to offer everything to Him. I think sometimes we offer praise and worship, but it is just lip service. Our hearts are not in it. Sometimes we offer donations and our earthly treasures. Now that might seem like a true offering except why do we think God needs anything of our riches? He gave them to us to use for the common good. Giving them back to God is not using them for the purpose of which He gave to us.
So, the question posed to us in the reading, “What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” If God is not to be impressed with you attaining the whole world, why would you be accepted into the kingdom of God. If God is impressed by you giving everything of yourself, and knowing the reward for this is eternal life, how can you not offer all you have to God? These questions are like this question. I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you right now.
The readings for these last two weeks of Ordinary Time are leading us to and preparing us for Lent. Give some thought on how to make Lent more meaningful for you and your family now before we are standing in line to have ashes smeared on our foreheads.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen