That One Thing


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Run Time: 11:56. Gospel: Mk 10:17-30.

The one consistent theme [of CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce] is: that thing which I will not give to God – no matter how big or how small – may become that thing that keeps me from Him. …
That one thing can become that one thing that is lacking because God does not want just that we should follow the rules. The rules are good, and particularly from the very natural and basic level of the Ten Commandments on, because they lead us to understand God and His creation.
… God is not after just a tally sheet: has she kept the rules, has he been basically good. He’s after us. You and me. This is the radical thing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That God wants to draw us into His own life, and have that life, which we receive in Baptism and experience in the grace of the sacraments, that life which is shared and spread in the works of mercy and generosity and kindness; that life of God that is meant to be poured out into the world. That’s what God wants for you and for me.