Jesus has a way of making us see the heart of the matter, even when doing so is uncomfortable. In today's lesson a man's asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. After Jesus first response, the man is rather sure of himself but Jesus pushes further and deeper. By the end of this exchange the man is filled with grief. Jesus had exposed his need for grace. When we take them seriously, Jesus' words and life do the same for us. We cannot escape the truth that the love meant for God and neighbor is often misplaced and misguided. We all need grace. Thankfully, God offers it freely and in abundance.
March 12, 2020