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Gospel

MK 10:17-27

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 

Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” 

He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 

When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 

And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “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 someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 

They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 

Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
Gospel citations come from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Reflection

Peter Cogan ‘17

When I was in junior high I received a rather large paycheck. Though I cannot remember the exact figure, it was probably for a couple hundred dollars, a good amount of money by a 12-year old’s standards. As I was getting ready to deposit it, my mom offered me an exchange: “I’ll trade my paycheck for yours.”

How could I trade away my biggest paycheck ever? I already had plenty and couldn’t risk getting a bad deal. I declined, and regretted my decision when I saw her paycheck. Why did I think my own mother would try to swindle me?

Jesus’ words are not only meant for the ears of the wealthy, but for all of those who reserve a part of their heart for something other than God. We all have good intentions—like the man in the passage, we go to Mass, pray regularly, and treat others with respect. Like him, though, we also find it difficult to sacrifice our temporal treasures. We’re ready to give every part of ourselves to God, as long as it doesn’t involve that.

But God wants more.

Like the deal my mom offered me, each day God extends a similar invitation: “Come, follow me.” Following half-heartedly isn’t a full acceptance of this offer.

What are we withholding from God? Is there anything we are afraid God would take away? Offer that up in prayer.

Take comfort, for the things God has promised will be far greater than anything we could ever surrender. We shouldn’t let something inadequate keep us from experiencing the greatest love we could ever know.

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Prayer

Father Louis DelFra, CSC

Christ our teacher, you call each of us to be free of the things that enslave us, and enter into true freedom as children of God. Open our hearts, that we may accept your invitation, “Come, follow me.” Give us the grace today to commit our whole selves more fully to you. Help us especially this day to overcome any attachments in our lives that prevent us from following you as fully as we can. Amen.

Saint

St. Thalelaeus, who wept in repentance and converted many with his life of faithfulness, pray for us!