28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)
The young man in today’s gospel shares one of our concerns: “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17). And he begins by calling Jesus “good”. Jesus, however, counters by telling him that “No one is good but God alone” (10:18). Coming from Jesus who is God and man, this statement should give us pause. How many times have we considered ourselves “good”, and complained about real or imagined wrongs done to us!
When the young man assures the Lord that he has observed all the commandments from his youth, Mark tells us that Jesus looked at him and loved him (10:21). Just so, Jesus looks at us and loves us, extending to us the same invitation to detach ourselves from everything that might be an obstacle to our union with him.
The passage concludes by saying that the young man “went away sad for he had many possessions” (10:22). Let us pray today that our possessions don’t end up owning us, and that we may place our friendship with the Lord above everything. God bless you!