Mark 10:17-22 NRSVue
17As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. You shall not defraud. Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, 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.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
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Some thoughts on this scripture
Mark can arrest us with a phrase: /Jesus looking at him, loved him./ People were held by your gaze, Lord, and remembered it. It stayed in the memory of that man, even though he walked away grieving. He would not rise to the invitation, for his possessions held him in thrall. You let him go, Lord: no coercion.
/Fear the Lord Jesus when he passes by, for he may not pass this way again./