I really love today's Gospel reading.
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: `Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:17-27
Not because it's an obvious feel-good scripture passage or anything.
It's because it speaks straight to my heart. Every time I hear/read it.
Sometimes I, as we all do, get distracted by life and lose sight of God. Just as the young, rich man was living his life, I am sure that I am checking off all the things from my "To be a Good Catholic" checklist- Sunday Mass, confession, reading the bible, etc. But, how easy to forget the end goal. How easy we get caught up in everything else, but forgetting to get caught up with God himself.
The young, rich man walked away from Jesus, missing the point. Missing that He loves him. The opportunity to receive God's love in such a tangible way- to BE with him, in the flesh. He walked away sad because he had so much he would have to give up, not realizing how much he would gain. The joy that His love would bring his life.
I love this reading because it forces me to stop and really think about God. My time with him. It helps me reevaluate the choices I am making.... will this help me to focus on Jesus, or pull me away? Will this help me to be a better version of myself? Am I serving others?
It's a constant choice... to look to God, instead of trying to figure out all the things.
Today, I pray that I (and you!) are reminded that Jesus looks upon you with love, always. And my desire to not miss those moments when God is asking me to be with him. That with Him, their is great, wonderful and awesome joy!
|To be this joyful about God's love, huh?!|