February 13, 2018
Today I will be speaking to a Catholic women’s group, the Procter Club, on the topic, Locking Eyes with Jesus.
Here is a summary of what I’ll be sharing with the group:
First, this is what I mean by locking eyes with Jesus: If you are open to the gentle nudging of Jesus, and willing to gaze upon His face, He will lock eyes with you. He will look into your soul with His piercing eyes. Those eyes will say to you, “I love you, but I have something to tell you that will be difficult to hear.”
The image above (a painting done by my wife and hanging in my office – so He locks eyes with me daily!) comes to mind each time I hear the parable of the rich young man. The man approaches Jesus and asks what he can do to gain eternal life. He informs Jesus that he has been following the commandments since he was a child. It is clear he assumes he has met the requirements for eternal life.
The parable goes on to say that, Jesus looked 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.” (Mark 10:21) The story ends with the man going away sad because he has so many worldly possessions.
The fact is that our work is never done. No matter how hard we may work to benefit others, no matter how much we give of ourselves, we are never finished. To make matters even more challenging, our work continues to evolve as well. As an educator, I have needed to evolve because the young people placed in my charge have evolved. The adults I minister to are different than the adults I ministered to ten years ago. Needs change, so my work changes.
However, we can take comfort in the knowledge that our work has a ripple effect. Those we help, those we care for, are handed the baton and challenged to pay it forward.
We may never personally experience the results of those ripples. However, our reward will be what the rich young man sought – eternal life.