I first want to share a quote of Martin Luther King Jr. that I believe fits with this Sunday's Gospel reading. (Mark 10:17-31)
Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.
In our Gospel reading we have a very rich man (some might even say 'blessed') who has followed the commandments his whole life, but he still believes something is missing. He knows that even amongst all of his material possessions, social status and titles, something just isn't right. So, he goes straight to the source, to Jesus, himself. He asks Jesus point blank, What must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus tells the rich man to sell all of his things and to follow him. As you might imagine, that is a hard pill for the rich man to swallow. Impossibly uncomfortable for him to imagine his life without all of the privileges he is accustomed to, and trust in what he can't see with his own eyes. The text reveals the rich man 'went away grieving'. The rich man chose his own fear, over God's faith, love and claim on his life. The life of discipleship isn't an easy one, it doesn't prioritize our comfort above all else. It leads us to open our eyes, mind and heart to our own short comings, imperfections and stumbling blocks, and those of others, and to love ourselves and one another because of them.
My prayer for us this week is to choose to trust in God's love, faithfulness and claim on our lives.
Sending my love to all of you.