"Master, I have kept all these (Commandments) from my earliest days."Mark 10:17-30
In this week's Gospel, a man came forward to Jesus, asking for the secret to eternal life. Jesus told him to keep the commandments and when the man answered that he had kept all the commandments, Jesus threw him another challenge: to sell everything to give to the poor and follow him. The man was unable to do so and left sad.
It seems that Jesus always has the perfect challenge for any person who questions him. The wealthy man in this story has kept the Commandments from his earliest days and surely this entitles him to heaven! But no, Jesus has to come up with one challenge that forces him to rethink this belief.
Today, Jesus throws us the same question - is what we are doing the ticket to heaven? By keeping the Commandments, attending Mass on Sundays, going for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least twice a year and giving a small percentage of our income to the poor or Church etc. Are all these enough to get us into heaven?
It is easy to be an average Christian by doing the above things but Jesus challenges us to move beyond our comfort zone - to be a committed follower of Christ and to do much more than required. The goodness of God has no limits and so should ours if we choose to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.