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The One Thing

Now here is where the road diverges for this young man, where he confronts the fork in the road on his own journey of unfolding faith:

Jesus, 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.

When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

As Bishop Robert Barron today mentioned in his broadcast about this passage, you might analogize the young man’s story to his having asked his doctor two different things: what do I need to do, at a minimum, to stay healthy? (answer: don’t smoke, get regular exercise), versus how do I condition myself to be able to run in a marathon? (answer: a highly regimented training program). The young man is, perhaps, healthy, but is he ready for the marathon to come? Very likely not.

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If you were that man, running up to and kneeling before Christ, standing at the very spot where the road before you clearly diverged, what do you suspect would be the one thing that He would ask you to do, or to change, or to give up, or to be? 

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How would you respond? If today, you were to find yourself at that fork in the road, in which direction would you head?

—from the blog post What’s the One Thing That Could Change Everything? by Tom Zampino whose blog is called Grace Pending

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