The challenge of Jesus
Read: Mark 10:17-31
What must I DO?
How often is that our question. What must I DO to accomplish this or that? The rich man “did” all that the law prescribes and yet Jesus, “looking at him, loved him and…” challenged him to something new.
When have I felt Jesus look at me and love me?
When have I felt God calling me to something new, but I was hesitant to go there?
If you read the footnote you see that in the Old Testament wealth and material goods were considered a sign of God’s favor, so Jesus’ words challenged all present. When the disciples asked “Then who can be saved?” Jesus responds “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.” So often we get caught up with what we need to do, and the image of the camel and the needle, we forget it’s not about me, it is about God’s love and grace. If I let go of the things in life that burden me and hold me back from God then I can freely follow him.
What am I holding onto in my life that I think is of God,
but after closer examination realize it is not?
Do I trust in God’s grace?
Spend time reflecting on the words of this song: Your Grace Is Enough by Chris Tomlin
Patty Mayer, Director of Adult Faith Formation