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October 10, 2021

Mk 10: 17-30

As he 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.”

Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Being Saved

“How hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!” These are not reassuring words from Jesus in today’s Gospel. 

So how do we enter the kingdom of God? In my theology studies, I was surprised to learn that the Catholic Church does not endorse one particular model of salvation. (The Church often seems to have the one answer for everything!) Sure, we know and profess that Jesus came for our salvation, but the Church also acknowledges the mystery of how exactly that is worked out. 

But one thing the Church has clearly taught throughout the ages is that we do not save ourselves. It is not by our merits that we are saved, but through God’s initiative. “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”

Thank goodness for that! After all, we are all sinners. “No one is good but God alone.” Whether we are wealthy or poor; wise or foolish; daily communicants or cafeteria Catholics … shame on us if we grow overly content with ourselves, or, heaven forbid, self-righteous.

Instead, let us remain humble. Let us strive to continue to grow in faith and virtue. Let us approach one another and God not as self-assured saviors, but as humble disciples of our one and only savior, Jesus Christ.

Fr. Brian Strassburger, SJ, is a member of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province. He was ordained this summer and is helping to meet pastoral needs in the Rio Grande Valley on the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

 

Prayer

Prayer for Humility

Let me have too deep a sense of humor to be proud.
Let me know my absurdity before I act absurdly.
Let me realize that when I am humble I am most human,
most truthful,
and most worthy of your serious consideration.

—Daniel A. Lord, SJ


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October 10, 2021

Mk 10: 17-30

As he 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.”

Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Being Saved

“How hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!” These are not reassuring words from Jesus in today’s Gospel. 

So how do we enter the kingdom of God? In my theology studies, I was surprised to learn that the Catholic Church does not endorse one particular model of salvation. (The Church often seems to have the one answer for everything!) Sure, we know and profess that Jesus came for our salvation, but the Church also acknowledges the mystery of how exactly that is worked out. 

But one thing the Church has clearly taught throughout the ages is that we do not save ourselves. It is not by our merits that we are saved, but through God’s initiative. “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”

Thank goodness for that! After all, we are all sinners. “No one is good but God alone.” Whether we are wealthy or poor; wise or foolish; daily communicants or cafeteria Catholics … shame on us if we grow overly content with ourselves, or, heaven forbid, self-righteous.

Instead, let us remain humble. Let us strive to continue to grow in faith and virtue. Let us approach one another and God not as self-assured saviors, but as humble disciples of our one and only savior, Jesus Christ.

Fr. Brian Strassburger, SJ, is a member of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province. He was ordained this summer and is helping to meet pastoral needs in the Rio Grande Valley on the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

 

Prayer

Prayer for Humility

Let me have too deep a sense of humor to be proud.
Let me know my absurdity before I act absurdly.
Let me realize that when I am humble I am most human,
most truthful,
and most worthy of your serious consideration.

—Daniel A. Lord, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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