13 October 2021

Fr. Patrick Briscoe, O.P., on the Rich Young Man's Encounter with Jesus

"The rich young man famously approaches Jesus and asks, 'Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' The Lord's reply, which exhorts the young man to keep the commandments, includes two key points, often overlooked.

"The careful reader will note that before his further injunction, first, before answering, Jesus looks at the rich young man with love. The relationship between the rich young man and Jesus is something much more than that of a casual questioner. And the Lord's reply is neither cold nor dismissive.

"The graciousness of the Lord, his love and mercy, is revealed in his gaze. . . ."

In a recent commentary, Father Patrick Briscoe, O.P., reflected on two lessons that may be learned from this young man's encounter with Jesus.

To access Fr Patrick's complete post, please visit: 

Aleteia: Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP: Why the answer to the rich young man's question is actually so simple (10 OCT 21)

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