It's not about what we can do (Mark 10:17-30)

It's not about what we can do (Mark 10:17-30)

In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus is approached by a wealthy young man. The young man begins by asking Jesus a question that a lot of modern-day Christians are asking as well, “What must I do?” Do you see the problem? The position he is taking with the Lord is “how do I earn this inheritance? What can I do? Me, me, me.” That is not how this works.

In this week's Weekly Word we unpack Mark 10:17-30.

There is Power in His Name

There is Power in His Name

as a modern Christian, I think we have become a little desensitized to the majesty of our Lord. We are familiar with Jesus, sure. If you ask most Catholics, they would tell you they know all about him. But really, the Jesus that most of us conceive of, well, he isn’t actually Jesus. Not the one who we read about in scripture. The popular conception of Jesus lacks the vitality and power of the real person. If we are honest, he is kind of wimpy.

That is why reading the Gospels is so essential. Jesus, the real Jesus, is not wimpy.

He is who He is.

He is who He is.

If I am honest, most of the time I am just like Peter. I am good at declaring who God is, “Jesus is Lord!” But, when it comes down to it, I want my plan for my salvation, not his. When God begins to speak hard truths into my life, when he calls me to pick up the cross and follow, more often than not, I pull him aside and rebuke him. “Lord, it isn’t supposed to be like this. You're letting me down. Pull it together.”

To Whom Shall We Go?

To Whom Shall We Go?

Over the last weeks, as scandal has once again embroiled the Church, I have reflected on this passage quite often. If I am honest, I have to admit there have been times over the last weeks where I I have wanted to leave. There have been moments where I have been so angry, that I have considered just walking away. I know there are many reading this who have felt the same. But, I can't leave.  I keep coming back to Peter’s words, “Master, to whom shall we go?”