28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Oct. 10, 2021

28B21.      Wisdom 7:7-11.   “I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepter and throne.”  “Beyond health and comeliness I loved her.”    Wisdom perceives things as God does and not as the world, our bodies and the devil see things.

Mark 10:17-30.  The rich young man doubtlessly led a good superficial religious life but he felt the God-implanted desire for something far richer.  Jesus invited him to that richness when he said, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; come, follow me.”  The rich young man found that that was too much to ask of him, “for he had many possessions.”  His material possessions possessed him emotionally and bodily so that he was not free to walk away from them so to live with God and God’s love of him as the riches of his life.  “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’” Jesus continued that in order to be saved, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.  All things are possible for God.”  Then in response to Peter’s statement, “We have given up everything and followed you,” Jesus said that they will get far more than what they left for Jesus’ sake and the sake of the gospel, “with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.”  God will not be outdone in generosity.

Hebrews 4:12-14.    Nothing is unseen or unknown to God.  God sees into the depths of our beings.  “Everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.”  To follow Jesus through the day each day requires that we life with him as the soul and source of our being.  Nothing else is life for us, only God.  We possess God; God possesses us.  (John 17:6 & 9)