WORD of the DAY
As he 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? (Mark 10: 17)
A man goes to Jesus and asks what he must do to have eternal life. The verbs ‘do’ and ‘have’ (inherit) are part of the our commercial and economic logic, so in vogue today. They have become a style of life. In order to have, I must do. If I have something, I can do something and if I do something, I have to get something. Can eternal life be bought? Jesus does not get caught up in this logic and suggests a startling correction. We must go from ‘doing something’ to a ‘relationship with Someone’. This is the conversion we need to attain.
I seek Your face, O Lord!
The voice of Pope Francis (Angelus October 11, 2015)
The young man did not let himself be conquered by the loving gaze of Jesus, thus he could not change. Only by accepting with humble gratitude the love of the Lord can we be freed from the seduction of the idols of and the blindness of our illusions. Money, pleasure, success blind us and then delude us. They promise life but bring death. The Lord asks us to be detached from this false wealth to enter into true life, full life, authentic life. I ask you, young people, boys and girls who are here in the plaza; “Have you felt the gaze of Jesus on you? What do you want to respond to Him? Do you prefer to leave this plaza with the joy that Jesus gives us or with the sadness in your heart that worldliness offers us?”