All of us know that disappointing feeling when we are given a set of parameters which seem impossible to achieve. Maybe we have had the unpleasant task of telling a child they didn’t make the team, or told an employee their performance is not up to par with company expectations. It’s never easy, regardless of whether we are on the giving or receiving end of disappointing news. In today’s Gospel (Mark 10:17-30) Jesus delivers disappointing news to the rich man. But, in doing so, Jesus gives us a great example of how to navigate such an experience. Just before delivering what seem to be insurmountable expectations, “Jesus looking upon him loved him.” What an invaluable thing to do before venturing into any discussion…love the other person.