One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

February 28, 2011

For Monday of the Eighth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Mark 10:17-27

Today’s Gospel tells us the Lord Jesus looked with love upon a man who had observed the commandments from his youth.
The man had other lovable deeds.
First, he RAN to meet the Lord.
Second, he KNELT down.
He showed eagerness, reverence, and submission, even before telling of his lifelong OBEDIENCE to the commandments.
“Jesus, looking at him, loved him....”
It seems the mood of this love was fatherly, for the Lord turned to his disciples, and said to them, “Children....”
We are the sons and daughters of the Lord Jesus.
As a father he loves us.
Precisely as a loving father he tells us to do the impossible.
It is impossible for men to inherit eternal life, impossible for men to enter the Kingdom of God, impossible for men to be saved.
Like the man who had many possessions, we may be sad at what the Lord Jesus tells us.
Like the disciples in the Gospel today, we may be “exceedingly astonished” at what he requires.
“For men it is impossible....”
He meant what he said, because the Gospel today marked three times that before speaking the Lord Jesus LOOKED at his listeners.
He LOOKED at the rich man, and then told him to sell everything, give to the poor, and follow him if he wanted to inherit eternal life.
He LOOKED at his disciples, and then said, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!”
Again, he first:
LOOKED at them and said,
“For men it is impossible....”

With fatherly love he looks at us and asks the impossible.
We may be “exceedingly astonished” and tempted to go away sad.
For men it is impossible,
but not for God.
All things are possible for God.

All things are possible for God who is a loving father to us in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us RUN to him, KNEEL down before him, and OBEY his commandments.
Though he has all heavenly wealth as God, he sold himself as a slave to sin, and as a man like us he gave his all to our poverty, our impossibility, and our death.
Risen from the dead, God and man have together done the impossible in Christ.
He has himself become our eternal life, our salvation, and our treasure in heaven, the Kingdom of God.
With faith let us look steadfastly to his fatherly love, daring to hope for it, taking courage from it, and making bold to love and follow him in return.

That God Be Glorified in All


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