God’s gift of wisdom

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October 14, 2018 Sunday 28th Sunday in Ordinary

Time 1st Reading: Wis 7:7–11 2nd Reading: Heb 4:12–13 Gospel: Mk

10:17–30 ust as Jesus was setting out on his journey again, a man ran up, knelt before him and asked, “Good Master, what must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not cheat, honor your father and mother.” The man replied, “I have obeyed all these commandments since my childhood.” Then Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him and he said, “For you, one thing is lacking. Go, sell what you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and follow me.” On hearing these words, his face fell and he went away sorrowful for he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were shocked at these words, but Jesus insisted, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were more astonished than ever and wondered, “Who, then, can be saved?” Jesus said, “For humans it is impossible, but not for God; all things are possible with God.” D@iGITAL-EXPERIENCE

J(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)

God’s Word, which is “alive and pierces the heart” (Heb 4:12–13), is the only source of genuine wisdom. With it come all good things and untold riches (Wisdom 7:7-11). On the other hand, wisdom not derived from the Word of God is deceptive. Today’s Gospel reading best illustrates this concept. The rich young man had everything he needed and wanted in life. But the more he filled himself up with earthly possessions the more he felt emptiness deep within him. Despite his riches he lived a dissatisfied life. One day he approached the Lord for tips about gaining eternal life. When told to part with his possessions, he went away sad for his possessions were many.

How unfortunate that the secret to eternal life which he learned directly from Jesus did not attract him. How could he let go of eternity in favor of fleeting wealth and earthly possessions? What a foolish choice! But that’s how far his wisdom could take him. Shaking his head in disbelief, Jesus exclaimed, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Today’s Gospel challenges us with a question: What is our source of wisdom?–

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