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 men it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.” MK 10:17-27
Today, Jesus teaches us that wealth and power are false securities. He deflects the rich young man from the start when the rich young man calls Him good, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” Life itself is a gift from God. We did not make it ourselves. What we accomplish does not matter, but how much we love. Accomplishment is for us, love is for God and neighbor. As Jesus taught yesterday, we cannot love God and money. The disciples amazed at this, ask who then can be saved. ”For men it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”
Today’s challenge: Submit your will to God, love, give Him the glory. Only God’s grace can bring us back to Him. Stop worrying about accomplishing and getting recognition, today start to live with purpose, do each act with love not wanting any acknowledgement for your good deeds.
Be a servant, become a saint!