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28th Sunday Ordinary Time

Wisdom 7:7-11
Hebrews 4:12-13
Psalm 90
Mark 10:17-30

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loving god is not enough

"Jesus looked at him with love and told him, 'There is one thing more you must do.' " —Mark 10:21

The Lord's will is not only that we love Him but that we love Him with all our hearts, all our minds, all our souls, and all our strength (Lk 10:27). It is relatively easy to give ninety-five percent, even ninety-eight percent, of our lives to the Lord. However, the great decision and the fiercest battle is about giving that last percent or two of our lives to God. That last percent is our all, the "one thing" more we must do (Mk 10:21).

Your one thing more may be to "sell what you have and give to the poor" (Mk 10:21). Other examples of "one thing more" are:

  • forgiving,
  • loving an enemy,
  • admitting an addiction and taking it to the Lord,
  • repenting and going to Confession,
  • stopping contracepting,
  • starting evangelization,
  • tithing,
  • serving and washing the feet of others (Jn 13:5),
  • saying "yes" to a particular vocation, and
  • entering into Christian community.

At this moment, Jesus is looking at you with love. Give Him the "one thing more." Give Him all your love.

Prayer:  Father, I am all Yours.

Promise:  "Indeed, God's word is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword." —Heb 4:12

Praise:  Praise the risen Jesus, Who gave His last drop of blood for love of us.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Love on audio AV 58-1 or video V-58.)


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Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Giles H. Pater, April 24, 2003

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 28, 2003