Monday, February 27, 2017
Reflection: Mark 10:17-27
Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time - Mark 10:17-27
As Jesus was setting out on a journey a man ran up to Him and asked, “Teacher, what must I do to share in everlasting life?” Jesus answered him: “You know the commandments. All you need to do is to live the commandments every day of your life”! The man said to Jesus: “I do this every day”. Then Jesus looked at the man with great love and He said to him: “There is one thing more you must do. Go and sell all you have and give to the poor; then you will have treasure in heaven. And then come and follow me.”
Jesus could tell that the man was seriously reflecting on His words. After a few minutes, the man’s face fell and he sadly walked away from Jesus. He had many possessions and he could not fathom giving up everything he had so worked for. Ask yourself: What would you do if Jesus asked you to give up your possessions, your status, and your wealth? I suspect it would be difficult for most of us to give up all that we had worked so hard to achieve in our lives. In our current culture, family, money, possessions and accomplishments may be our wealth. Yet Jesus offers so much more to us, a wealth that we cannot comprehend!
Today may be a good day to ask ourselves: What am I willing to give up to have everlasting life? After all, you and I profess to be followers of Jesus. Perhaps we need to examine our minds and hearts and be honest with ourselves. It is easy to say we are followers of Jesus; but it is not easy truly to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.