Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My Reflections for Sunday October 14, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:17-30

Gospel:
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother."

He replied and said to him, "Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth." Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, "You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, "Then who can be saved?"

Jesus looked at them and said, "For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God."Peter began to say to him, "We have given up everything and followed you." Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come."
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My Reflections:
A man who had a good job and who was living a comfortable life with his mother and siblings suddenly decided to work in a foreign country. When he was asked by his mother why he need to work abroad he simply said this, “I want to earn more money so that we could buy many things and live a more comfortable life.”

So he went abroad amid the protestation of his mother. While he was abroad he lived a promiscuous life which resulted in him being sick with AIDS. This is a sad story brought about by the man’s greed for material possessions. 

In our gospel there is this man who asked Jesus this question, Good teacher, what must I do to have eternal life? Jesus enumerated what he should do and the man said, "All of these I have observed from my youth." But Jesus told him, "You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." With that statement his face fell, and he walked away sad, for he had many possessions.

Eternal life was already within reach for the man in the gospel. Comfortable life was his to take for the man in our story. But they both let go of it because they could not forgo their greed for material possessions.    

Many of us are also enslaved by our greed for material possessions such as money and the like. We greedily want it even if we can live without it, we are very much willing to have it even if we barter our souls to the devil. We may not know it but our greed for material wealth is the main foundation of our many troubles in this world.

For example many siblings and relatives are not in speaking terms because they could not agree on how to divide their inherited wealth. Many parents are problematic with their grown-up children for the reason that they spoiled them with material wealth but they famished them with parental love and guidance.

It is never too late to let go of your greed for material possession in favor of harmony, peace of mind and love in your family. It is never too late to share your wealth with the poor to have eternal life with God.    

When the time comes that we are already in the doorway of earthly death our material possessions will not be a factor for our salvation. What will matter is the love that we gave to the poor and the love that we gave to God.  . . .

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