Monday: 28th May, 2018
1st reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9, Psalm 111
Gospel: Mark 10:17-27
Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
There has been such an influx of money into the game of football at the highest level all with the intent of winning what is classified in the eyes of many as the most prestigious prize in the game: ‘the Champions league’. However, many football teams are still some way from this goal as in spite of of all their ‘doing’ with restructuring and high spending, that ultimate prize still eludes them.
The man who spoke to Jesus in today’s Gospel is an interesting character – he is bold enough to let Jesus know that he had followed all the commandments to the letter since his childhood. Nonetheless, in spite of all that, he was still missing one thing hence the question that lingered on in his mind: what must I do to inherit eternal life?
It appears that all his doing could not get him what he so desperately wanted- eternal life. Regardless, when he was charged to abandon all and follow Jesus, his face fell because He felt he had too much to lose. But looking at it from the perspective of someone who so desired eternal life, it leaves room to question his commitment to his goal. Or perhaps, was he expecting something he could do with the wealth he had or within his power?
Beloved, the very crust of Christianity is so far from ‘just doing’ that the dimension of human strength and wisdom in understanding the mysteries within appear helpless. Our guide is in John’s Epistle: ‘we know that God has given us eternal life, and this life is hid in his son (1Jn 5:11). Therefore, it is futile to seek for this life anywhere else but in Jesus.
Remember # if eternal life is what you seek, then get Jesus.