When we question things, sometimes the answers we find surprise us. Sometimes the answer forces us to wrestle with something and perhaps this, in turn, causes us to grow. The question that the scribe asks Jesus is a genuine and deep question. Jesus’ answer is direct and forces the scribe to wrestle a bit. In the end, he at least considers a new reality and that is good.
At times we too must wrestle with our faith. It is essential at times to reflect on how our walk with God is, on how sin is affecting our life, and on our dedication and service to God. Questions about how closely we are following and if we are giving enough of ourselves are great questions to wrestle with.
Jesus’ answer to the scribe made him question his definition of loving neighbors, and, in particular, about not exploiting them. It would not have been very hard for the scribe to see all the ways exploitation was occurring. The big question is did it bring about change in behavior.
The same is generally true for us. If we really spend time wrestling with where we are in our faith and with being the hands and feet of Christ, then we often see how we could be or do more. In living a faith that follows Jesus Christ, we are ever on a road towards perfection. Like Paul, may we too press on toward the goal to win the prize of eternal life.
Scripture reference: Mark 12: 28-34