As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’”
He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
There are times when I am leaving the office or my house and someone stops me and says “Do you have a minute?” or “Can you help me?” Many times I think “I don’t have time for this” or “This is not on my schedule!” his gospel story encourages me to allow my heart to respond to the person instead of worrying about my schedule.
In the story, Jesus is setting out on a journey and a young man stops him and asks a question. Jesus does not say “I am busy” or “See me during my normal business hours” or “I am going away, see me when I return.” Instead, Jesus listens to the man, answers his questions, and then encourages him to deeper faith and trust in God. But in this story Jesus does something even more amazing than giving his time: He loves the man!
Maybe the next time someone approaches me when I am busy or on my way someplace I can emulate Jesus by engaging the person and – more importantly – by loving the person.
—John Moriconi, S.J. is a Jesuit brother who serves as provincial secretary for the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit province.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
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