“So near and yet so far,” is an expression sometimes used to describe a situation in which the attainment of a desired goal seems very close, yet just out of reach. Perhaps this describes the Scribe (in today’s gospel) whom Jesus assures is not far from the Kingdom of God. Like us he knows what is good and righteous but, perhaps, actually doing it still eludes him. Similarly, the rich young man who went away sad because of his great wealth, was also not far from the kingdom, and yet did not seem to be able to enter in. This Lenten season is one in which we (who, it is hoped, are also not far from the kingdom) are exhorted to exert the extra effort required to cover the remaining short distance that still separates us from the Kingdom. Let not the weariness from the journey discourage us and, instead, take heart from the Lord’s assurance through the psalmist: If only my people would hear me and Israel walk in my ways, I would feed them with the best of wheat and fill them with honey from the rock. This promise is fulfilled in our Eucharist which when worthily received will strengthen our weary limbs and empower us to traverse the remaining distance into the Kingdom.