In Mark 10:21 in the account of the rich young man, Mark
tells us that Jesus,“looking upon him loved him, and said to him,‘You lack one
thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure
in heaven; and come, follow me.’ ”
Notice that because Christ loves the rich
young man,he points out what the young man lacks. It is out of love that Jesus
tells him to get rid of all his possessions.
Christ’s love will reveal similar
deficiencies in us. Our Lord looks upon us and recognizes what we really need.
However, we often come to him with our own ideas about what we need. If
we prefer our own ideas to the love of Christ, we too will join the rich young
man who walks away sad, “for his possessions were many.” We may possess the
world, but without Christ it is nothing!
L O V I N G J E S U S
In John 8:42, Jesus is engaged in a heated argument with those
who oppose him. He says to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me,
for I proceeded and came forth from God; I came not of my own accord, but he
sent me.” We know, therefore, that Jesus is God, and we should prefer nothing
to God and his love, which Jesus has revealed to us perfectly.
How do we know if we truly love Our Lord?
He addresses this in John 14:23-24: “If a man loves me, he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with
him.He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear
is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.” We love Our Lord by doing what he
commands us to do.