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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 14, 2019

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THURSDAY, February 14

Mark 10:21 Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

There are many ways to interpret today’s gospel passage. One response is to become frustrated with the rich young man. This may not be the best way to approach the text, but it is certainly the easiest way for me.

Is this man arrogant? Is he oblivious? Has he somehow really kept the law since he was young? Does he not realize who he is talking to? What other answer does he expect? Doesn’t he know that life with Jesus has so much more to offer than worldly possessions?

From my comfortable position in the twenty-first century western world, it is easy for me to look down on the rich young man. (And perhaps forget that in the eyes of many around the world, I am that rich young man.) Jesus does not feel this way. He is the same God who is “slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

MOVING FORWARD: How do you feel about the rich young man? How do you feel about yourself in light of this story?

PRAY for the Diocese of Mandalay (Myanmar)

Ps [83] or 146, 147 * 85, 86 | Isaiah 60:1-17 | 2 Timothy 2:14-26 | Mark 10:17-31

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