Mark 10: 17-27
As Jesus was setting out on
a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before
him, and asked him, "Good teacher, what must I
do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answered him, "Why do
you call me good? No one is good but
God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not
kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness; you shall not
defraud; honor your father and your mother." He replied
and said to him, "Teacher, all of these I have
observed from my youth." Jesus, looking at him, loved
him and said to him, "You are lacking in
one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to
the poor and you will have treasure in heaven;
then come, follow me." At that statement his face
fell, and he went away sad, for he had many
possessions. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
"How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the Kingdom of God!" The disciples were amazed
at his words. So Jesus again said to them
in reply, "Children, how hard it is to enter
the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel
to pass through the eye of a needle than
for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of
God." They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
"Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them
and said, "For human beings it is impossible, but
not for God. All things are possible for God."
Prayer:Once again, Lord, I come to you to pray.
Even though I cannot see you, I trust that
you are present and want very much to instruct
me in your teachings. In the same way you demonstrate
your love for me by spending this time with
me, I want to express my love for you by
dedicating this time to you with a spirit of
faith, confidence and attention. Here I am, Lord, to
listen to you and respond with love.
me to be detached from the goods of this world
so I can follow you more closely.
Is Good: The rich young man recognized Christ’s goodness.
He kneels down before him knowing that Jesus possesses
something that he does not have. What is it? The
spirit of unconditional love. Christ leads us out of
ourselves and asks us to trust him more. And so,
Pope Emeritus Benedict encourages us, “I say to you,
dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ!
He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When
we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold
in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to
Christ – and you will find true life” (Homily, April
2. Looking at the Good Side of Things:
It is easy to dwell on the cost of
something. The young man’s face falls because he looks
more at the cost than at the reward. The price
is something that he would feel now, while the
reward is something that will come later. How often
in life do we experience this truth! The world we
live in seeks instant gratification without wanting to pay
the price. Rather than concentrating on the cost, we
should focus on the benefits promised by God. We will
discover that the cost is small and the benefits
last forever. Do I have spiritual endurance? Am I
am able to wait for the Lord and patiently invest
in eternal goods now?
3. Detachment: Saint Paul tells us
that nothing can outweigh the knowledge of Christ Jesus.
But in this man’s case, he had allowed something
else to outweigh Christ. Comfort, security and material things
beat the invitation of Christ to be perfect. Attachments lead
to sadness; there is no room for God in
a heart that is already full of the things
of this world. Only detachment leads to true joy. God
gives himself to the one who seeks him without
any strings attached.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, help me
to live a life of freedom. Help me to
recognize your goodness. May my faith always see the good
side of things, seeing all in my life as
an opportunity to love you. I want to be
attached to you and detached completely from my sinfulness.
Resolution:I will pick one thing that I can detach myself