Mar 4 (Mk 10:17-27)

An incident is told of a Christian man named Johansson,  when passing out of a church,  was encountered by his friend Albert.

It had been a very long time that Albert had seen Johansson in church.

>> They began to speak about their past memories, their present careers and their future plans.

Among the several things that they spoke, Albert mentioned: “I understand now that you are in great danger!”

He had said that statement pretty seriously, and so Johansson felt quite taken aback.

With a  surprise look, he queried:

“Well, as far as I know, I do not foresee any danger to my life.

>> May I know what exactly are you meaning by the statement?”

With a  concerned tone, Albert replied: “I get to know, that you are getting rich!”

Albert, the friend, was giving a warning to Johansson, because of the inherent dangers that “richness” could lead into…

The Gospel of the Day is a lesson on warning…

.. A rich young man who was made to realise the fleeting nature of wealth and possessions by the Lord.

The young man in the Gospel approaches Jesus to ask, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10: 17)

When Jesus gives him list of commandments, that need to be followed to help ensure a passage into eternal life, the man replies, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth” (Mk 10: 20)

We underline a few aspects of this young man…

>> He did desire for a life of eternity and followed the commandments

>> He did nurture a sense of being pious and devout, to please the Lord

However…

… he probably failed to live up to the intentions of the commandments

… he possibly got lost into only keeping the letters of the commandments; not the spirit!

>> He got attached to doing God’s commandment…

…  but failed to break his attachments with the riches of the world.

>> He possessed the good will to follow God’s teachings…

… but failed to let go of the possessions of his life.

The Lord realised this “pitiable” condition of the young man.

>> He was wealthy in the world, but was unable to be rich before God

>> He was obedient to the laws, but was unable to be obedient to give up his attachments.

Therefore, the Lord, knowing this state of the young man – devout yet not properly focussed – “looked at him, loved him, and said, ‘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'” (Mk 10: 21)

This young man could represent any one of us:

>> We seek to be pious…

… but find it hard to let go of our possessions

>> We seek for holiness in life…

… but go through a struggle to give up our attachments

>> We seek to follow the Lord wholly…

…  but stumble to give ourselves entirely to the Lord

Yet, the Lord does not give up on us…

> He looks on us…

>> He loves us…

And He invites us, to have the proper focus in life!

We need to realise…

… that it is not material possessions that ought to occupy our hearts; rather, our hearts needs to be possessed with the Love for the Lord.

… that it is not worldly treasures that should be our prime motto in life; rather, a life, dedicated to the Kingdom of God and helping the needy with the resources we have.

As we prepare ourselves to enter into the Season of Lent this week…

… let us pay attention to the words of the Book of Sirach:

“How great is the mercy of the Lord, His forgiveness to those who return to Him” (Sir 17:24)

May we give heed to this great warning accorded by the Lord…

>> And be possessed by the Lord…

… so that we may have a wonderful life of eternity with the Lord of all treasures!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “When your heart is wandering and distracted, bring it back gently and quietly to its point…

… restore it tenderly to the Master’s side!”

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