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Mark 10:17-27

The Word of God

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.'

Mark 10:17-27
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    • How present Jesus is to the man in today's Gospel. It is an extraordinary meeting which the evangelist Mark brings to life. I consider this scene and wonder what it was that Jesus loved about the young man. Jesus can sense the desire he has to make something beautiful of his life, to give more than the law demanded.
    • I allow myself time to think about what Jesus loves about me - and to stay with this! Jesus may show me the one thing that is holding me back from freedom. I can walk away or I can ask for help to deal with it.
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    • The man knew the right kind of questions to ask but did not realise their implications. He did not see where he was most vulnerable. If you were planning your own downfall, how would you bring it about? Lord, give us the gift of honesty and the freedom to live in the truth of who you are and who we are, so that we make good choices in our living with you and for you.
    • There are many things that can entrap us in life. It may be possessions, opinions, good name, self-importance. These things can captivate the human heart and the real treasure can be lost. You desire us to have the fullness of life with you and to have treasure in heaven (Matt 6:19-21). We pray that we may rely on the Lord for what we need, and the freedom to let go of what is not necessary, knowing that of ourselves it is not possible. It can be done with the Lord’s help.
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    • I read this story reflectively, trying to imagine myself having this dialogue with Jesus. Most probably he will not ask me to give everything to the poor and follow him, but he will tell me what the one thing is I lack. I ask not to be deaf to his call, but ready to give up what is stopping me from following him more closely.
    • 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. We are living in times that seem pervaded by corruption, at all levels and in so many areas of public life: loyalty and truth are sold and bought for money. Jesus’ strong words remind us how easily can money become an obstacle to entry into the Kingdom! I ask for God’s help, because for him nothing is impossible.
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    • Have you ever been sad because you didn’t do something good which you could have done? The visit to a sick or lonely person postponed, the help not given to someone in great financial need, the prayer-time not given, the failure to listen to your children or people close to us - many ways in which we could, without too much difficulty, have said a ‘yes’ to love. This is something like the feeling of the rich man when he walked away with his wealth and his sadness. Let that be part of prayer today.
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    • How present Jesus is to the man in today's Gospel. It is an extraordinary meeting which the evangelist Mark brings to life. I consider this scene and wonder what it was that Jesus loved about the young man. Jesus can sense the desire he has to make something beautiful of his life, to give more than the law demanded.
    • Mark however does not spare us the shock and grief of the man as he hears, and rejects, Jesus' invitation, for his possessions held power over him.
    • I allow myself time to think about what Jesus loves about me - and I don't move on until I do! Jesus may show me the one thing that is holding me back from freedom. I can walk away or I can ask for help to deal with it.
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    • Can I assure Jesus I observe these basic commandments?
    • Is he asking more of me - a loving concern for my poorer neighbours that gives generously without counting the cost?
    • How do I feel about my response? Challenged? Happy? Sad?
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    • Jesus does not invite us to mediocrity. He asks everything, but he asks it with great love. The young man has clearly been leading a respectable life, but it is not enough. Imagine being in this man’s shoes. How would you react to what Jesus asks? What does this reaction tell you about your spiritual life?
    • In the closing words of the passage, Jesus makes it clear that own efforts can never put us in possession of eternal life. What we cannot do, Christ has done for us, and does in us. We pray for the grace to reject what stands between us and him and surrender ourselves to him, so that eternal life will enter into us here on earth.
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    • An extraordinary meeting: Mark, the least poetical of the evangelists, throws in details that bring it to life. Why does Jesus take issue with the man calling him “good”? Then: ‘Jesus looking at him, loved him’ - something in Jesus’ gaze was unforgettable. Finally Mark does not spare us the shock and grief of the man as he hears, and rejects, Jesus’ invitation, or Jesus’ calm acceptance of that refusal. He will not do violence to our freedom.
    • I consider this scene and wonder what it was that Jesus loved about the young man. I allow myself time to think about what he loves about me - and I don't move on until I do!
    • Jesus may show me the one thing that is holding me back from freedom. I can walk away or I can ask for help to deal with it.