As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’" He said to him, "Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth." Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" And the disciples were perplexed at these 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 someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." They were greatly astounded and said to one another, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible."
Today is Monday the 4 March, in the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time.
Salt of the Sound sing, ‘It Is Well With My Soul’.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.
Here's a young man with a passion. He wants to inherit eternal life, to live with God forever. Imagine him, running up and throwing himself at Jesus’s feet, eager to know what Jesus has to say. What is it about Jesus that is so attractive to this young man?
And what is it about this young man that moves Jesus to look at him with love?
Hear Jesus’s challenge to him to let go his treasured possessions .... how do you feel about that? And, as you listen to the passage again, notice how, in grieving the loss of his possessions, the young man loses sight of something much more important.
Jesus invites the young man to “Come, follow me” - inviting him to a new way of life. Perhaps you long to follow Jesus more closely; perhaps you feel there is something getting in the way. In your own words, talk to Jesus about how you feel, and hear his response.