To a man who has had success in all life’s endeavors, who excels in virtue and is without match in business savvy, Jesus declares, “It is you I want for myself, I do not care for your accomplishments. Empty yourself of all those things that I may fill you up!”
Jesus looks upon this man and loves him, calls him to discipleship- and he walks away!!
How could this happen, how does such a powerful scene end this way?
Jesus answers our question with something even more difficult: “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” Brothers and sisters, do we love Christ above everything? Would we leave everything to follow him? We must be brutally honest with ourselves on this, for we see in our gospel today that we can be good, even excellent people who earnestly seek God, yet in the moment of truth we can reject Christ’s loving gaze.