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."
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.
Lord, help me to be detached from the
goods of this world so I can follow you more
1. God 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 24, 2005).
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?
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.
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.
I will pick one thing that I can detach
myself from today.