The Important question
In the Gospel of Mark a young man ran up to Jesus. He fell on his knees in front of Jesus and asked the question that must have been a very important one to him.
He asked: “Good Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Many of the questions people asked Jesus were questions to trick Him. This question was no trick. It was an important one to him; he needed to know the answer.
It is an important question for anyone of us. We might not all ask it in the same way, but as Pope John Paul II once wrote, “it is an essential and unavoidable question for the life of everyone, for it is about the good that must be done.”
Jesus answered him: “Keep the ten commandments”. The rich young man answered, “I have been doing that from my earliest days!” Jesus looked at him, and in a really loving him, said: “Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor”.
Jesus pointed t the stumbling block in his young friend’s life. It was not so much the money as such, but the fact that the attachment to his wealth was more important to him than anything else. It was that attachment that made it possible to give himself totally to God and to God’s kingdom.
I therefore beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in LOVE, making every effort to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace – Ephesians 4:1-3
Is there a stumbling block like that – and it could be something other than money – that might hinder you to live the life you would love to live in Christ?
Maybe the life you experienced during rio2013?