Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wis. 7:7-11 | Ps. 90:12-17 | Heb. 4:12-13 | Mk. 10:17-30

The theme of the readings lies in the phrases the “Word of God” and “Kingdom of God.”  If we are to live in the kingdom then we must be outfitted for that kingdom.  All of the readings tell us how to dress.  We must realize that wisdom is a gift from God that enables us to see what is important in life and to search after it rather than those items that distract us.  Paul’s letter to the Romans tells us that “God’s Word is sharper than a two-edged sword and that it penetrates our very being to enable us to respond.  We stand naked before God.  That is what Christ is inviting the young man in the Gospel to do.  Christ sees the man’s goodness and invites him to go beyond his possessions to listen to the Word of God and respond with joy in following Christ.  The man is unable to do so because he is possessed by his goods.  Wisdom tells us that she, meaning God, is more important than all the treasures of the world.  Yet if we are God’s then we have all we need and are rich beyond imagining.  Jesus tells us that if we have riches and treasures that possess us, we will not be able to enter the Kingdom of GodOur one “goal,” our one “desire” must be God.  All else has to play second fiddle.

Examine your life. Albert Camus told us: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  Jesus tells us the same thing.  Do you have something that you enjoy?  Do you possess these things or are you possessed by them?  Listen to Wisdom and ask God for the grace to see what is in your way  of having a personal relationship with God.  Give all these things to God.  Your life will be forever changed.

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