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The question of that man in the Gospel passage is inside of each of us: how can we find life, life in abundance, happiness? Jesus answers: «You know the commandments», and cites part of the Ten Commandments. It is a pedagogical process, by which Jesus wishes to lead to an exact place; in fact it is already clear, from that man’s question, that he does not have a full life; he seeks more and is restless. Thus, what does he need in order to understand? He says: «Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth». How do we pass from youth to maturity? When we begin to accept our own limitations. We become adults when we «relativize» and become aware of «what is lacking». This man is forced to acknowledge that everything he is able to «do» does not rise above a «ceiling»; it does not exceed a margin. How great it is to be men and women! How precious our existence is! Yet, there is a truth that, in the history of the last centuries, mankind has often rejected, with tragic consequences: the truth of our limitations. In the Gospel Jesus says something that can help us: «Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them». The Lord Jesus gives us the fulfilment; he came for this. (Pope Francis, Catechesis on the Commandments)


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