Before you read any further, you have to know something about me. In the past four years, I have fallen in love with boots. I generally don’t like shoes but I would wear boots all day, everyday. They are just confortable, and easy to wear and they match almost anything! In fact, within two weeks of moving to Covecrest, I treated myself to a new pair of beautiful brown boots! By now you are probably thinking, what the heck does this have to do with Jesus? I promise it relates. Let me explain:
Every day in Morning Prayer, the missionaries read the gospel for the day and a couple weeks ago, we reflected on Jesus and the rich young man. It goes like this:
“As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before Him, and asked Him, ‘Good teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life’… Jesus looking at Him, loved him, and said to Him, ‘You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in Heaven; then come, follow me.’ At this statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for He had many possessions.” –Mark 10: 17,21-22
As I reflected on this passage, I realized something I had missed every other time I had heard this story: the rich man in the story asked Christ! He fell down on his knees, begging God to tell him how he needed to change his life.
The problem was that Christ gave him an answer he wasn’t expecting. Christ challenged him to love God in a new and more radical way than he had ever done before. And being challenged, the young man walked away.
Within my first two weeks of being a missionary, (about the time I bought my new boots) I wanted to walk away from Covecrest. After months of kneeling before the Lord in the Eucharist begging Him to make me a missionary, I got to Covecrest and God challenged me to serve, and love and pray with more intensity than I had ever done before. Like the rich young man, I wanted to put on my boots and leave forever.
But praise God for my brothers and sisters who talked me into staying. A month later, after trying to convince myself not to walk away in my new boots, I wore those boots to a wedding at Covecrest and tore up the dance floor with my missionary family instead!
So my challenge for you is to not run away from what God is calling you to do: whether it be a vocation to the priesthood or religious life, a habit you just know you have to shake, or just a sassy attitude you need to let go of: don’t be like the rich young man. Stay close to Him and He will give you all the grace you need to follow Him.