sunrise over fieldScripture —  Luke 18:18-23

A certain ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?   No one is good but God alone.  You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother.'”

He replied, “I have kept all these since my youth.”

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich.


Dear Lord,

Were we to put ourselves in this rich ruler’s shoes, how might we respond?   Would we also walk away sad?   Or might we glimpse that in following you, we would amass riches beyond measure?   As we continue our Lenten walk, help us to discern how much we need for ourselves, and how much we can give to others.