Sunday, February 26, 2017
MONDAY, 8th Week in Ordinary Time
February 27, 2017 – MONDAY, 8th Week in Ordinary Time
Sir 17: 20 - 24 / Mk 10: 17- 27
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 humans it is impossible, but not for God; all things are possible with God."
God has given man the earth, fruit trees, animals, intelligence and so many good things. With them, man can make a living, even accumulate wealth. The problem is that some forget to be grateful to God. One way of showing gratitude is being generous with what one has,
In the Gospel reading the man wanted to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him to follow the commandments to inherit eternal life; the man said he had followed the commandments since his childhood.
Jesus then invites him to a closer following of Jesus, to come and follow him. But before doing so, to sell his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor. But the man rejected the invitation, "On hearing these words, his face fell and he went away sorrowful for he was a man of great wealth."
Jesus then speaks about riches as a great hindrance to entering heaven, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!"
To his disciples and to us bewildered by this statement who logically ask, "Who, then, can be saved?" Jesus gives assurance and hope, "For humans it is impossible, but not for God; all things are possible with God."
Fear not, God's grace is there to help us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
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DOMINGO SIAO TAN
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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