20181014 Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Greater reward than earthly possessions

The Gospel of Mark puts a lot of emphasis on possessions, from the man who is told to give away all of his belongings to the disciples who have already left everything behind. Jesus is calling out all those who have many possessions and may be rich in wealth and money. He compares a camel passing through the eye of a needle and a rich person entering the kingdom of God. The statement is bizarre. When we think of a the physical capabilities of a camel passing through a needle’s eye, we know that it is physically impossible. Jesus must not be talking about the physical world, but the spiritual one as he refers to the Kingdom of God. With the stress of possessions, we know that the things we have in this world will not follow us into the next. The Gospel is a helpful reminder on how we can prepare for what is to come. The man who approaches Jesus states that he understands and has lived the commandments, but is told that it is not enough. Jesus is not telling us that it is bad to enjoy what the world has to offer, but that when we enter God’s Kingdom, none of that will matter. Like the Disciples who have already left everything behind to follow Jesus, there is a greater reward waiting. We are again reminded that humbling ourselves, patience, and sacrifice are life values that can prepare us for God’s Kingdom. It is not going to be easy, but if our goal is entrance to God’s Kingdom, those values have to be lived.


Readings at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101418.cfm

First reading: Wisdom 7:7-11
Psalm: Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Second reading: Hebrews 4:12-13
Gospel: Mark 10:17-30


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