TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
With energetic ebullience, today’s Gospel passage from St Mark begins in this way:
Jesus was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him and put this question to him, ‘Good master, 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 must not kill; You must not commit adultery; You must not steal; You must not bring false witness; You must not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’ And he said to him, ‘Master, I have kept all these from my earliest days.’ Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, ‘There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.
Notice the insightful and very revealing interplay between Jesus and the rich man – one which challenges us as much as it challenged the disciples who were watching what was going on. For Jesus’ words, whose penetrating power cuts right through to the depths of the human heart and conscience of the rich man, and is able to judge ‘the secret emotions and thoughts’ (see Hebrews 4:12), now challenge us!
Let’s try to ‘notch up’ the quality of our discipleship.
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