23 May 2016
Monday, 8th Week in Ordinary Time
1 Pt 1:3 – 9 / Mk 10:17 – 27
From the 1st Reading: 1 Pt 1:3 – 5
Let us praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for his great mercy. In raising Jesus Christ from the dead he has given us new life and a living hope. The inheritance which does not corrupt nor goes bad nor passes away was reserved for you in heaven, since God's power shall keep you faithful until salvation is revealed in the last days.
Gospel Reading: Mk 10:17 - 27
Just 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 looked steadily at them and said, "For human beings it is impossible, but not for God; all things are possible with God."
In the Gospel, we can see Jesus continuing to use ordinary incidents to illustrate the values of the Kingdom. In using the example of the sad but rich young man, he pointed out to his disciples the need of his followers for detachment from what the world usually consider as success.
However, after twenty centuries of Christianity, material wealth, power and prestige are still very much a measure of success whether in individuals or institutions.
Reflecting on our own lives, to what degree do our lifestyles conform to the demands of the teaching of our Lord in today's gospel? For laymen, who have to work to support family members but still want to follow Jesus, how can this demand of detachment from material wealth apply, to how we live our lives? Are we still attached to various things in life which may be obstacles to a more intimate relationship with God and hindrances to follow him more closely?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Cynthia c. Salud
Merry Joy Y. Tambasen
Jeraldine K. Ching
Francis & Andre Acero
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Jose Ng Tan
Jose Lorenzo Austria Tan
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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