28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week the readings begin in that mysterious book of Wisdom. It’s that book that’s found in the Catholic and Orthodox Bibles. The speaker (King Solomon) prays and pleads for wisdom and when it comes Wisdom is the most precious and valuable thing in the world. It is greater than riches, gold is like sand while silver is like a mire and more important than health or beauty. The message we hear this week is one to take to heart. We need to care more for Wisdom than for material things here on earth. This message continues in the Gospel. As we make our way to the epistle we hear another short reading from Hebrews it is a couple of chapters from last week. The key point to get from this reading is that the Word of the Lord is a living thing and the Lord sees all that we do for we are but naked like Adam and Eve in his sight.

Turning to the Gospel we pick up right where we left off last week in Mark. As Jesus was about to leave some random guy shows up and ask “ Good teacher, What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus asks him why he called Jesus good as no one it good except for the Father and tells his to follow the commandments. The man replies that he has done this since his youth and Jesus tells him that he is missing only one thing “Go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, then you will have treasure in heaven; then come and follow me.” This was not the response that he was excepting and the man left sad. Jesus then turns to the apostles and disciple and says that “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get to heaven.” The apostles were confused how is that possible and Jesus says by man it is impossible but nothing is impossible for the Lord. Then Jesus continues saying that whoever gives up everything to follow will be rewarded a hundred-fold. This is a difficult thing to comprehend in the world that we live in as many of us always want the newest and latest thing, just look at when the next generation of iPhones come out and people are flocking to replace the item that still works fine but it’s not the best thing available. We need to be happy with what we have and be willing to give it up for the sake of the Gospel. Let us pray like Solomon does in the first reading that we all can have wisdom in our lives since it is the most precious thing in the world.

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