Loving First – Good News for October 11

11 10 2009

Mark 10:17-27

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 human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”

The Daily Path: There are other teachings in this passage, but one that leaps of the page for me is this: “Jesus, looking at him, loved him…” Here’s yet another human who is so attached to his possessions that even when the Savior himself invites the man give these things up him and follow Him… the man can’t. But even in the moment of human failing Jesus still loves him!

Imagine walking into your boss and having him explain the exact process through which you will succeed. But you shake your head, say “No, I can’t do that”, and walk out.” 99.99% of the time, this person is NOT going to love you. But Jesus overlooked this shortfall and loved the man anyway. WOW! Another example of Christ’s perfect love for us, no matter how we fail every day.

Room to Chat: Friends, I have missed a few days with you. On Thursday past, my mom (Claire) was rushed to hospital with what was believed to be a heart episode. It turns out she has blood clots in her lungs that were causing symptoms very similar to a heart attack. She is undergoing treatment from a fine medical staff who are taking every precaution due to complications related to the four tumors that exist in her head. Prayers have been flowing in from an amazing network of friends and family from around the country.

On the night she was to receive The Fr. Damien Award for a life of service to her parish, she was in a hospital bed. She has never been one to savor the limelight, instead choosing to work quietly behind the scenes. In fact, it was reluctantly that she even agreed to accept this year’s award. She’s touched many lives over the years. Never saying no to someone who needed a shoulder to help them bear their burden. Today, the Catholic Church will canonize Fr. Damien as a Saint. Damien did not run away from the lepers he ministered, instead he embraced them. Mom never ran away from anyone in need, from her family to those in the parish and beyond. In my mind, she is very worthy of the honor.

Please keep Mom in your thoughts and in your prayers, ask Our Lord for her healing. Thank you!

damien

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