I forgot that Monday was a holiday, so “I’ll tell you on Monday” turned into “I’ll tell you on Tuesday.” This weekend, the Gospel was the one about it being easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Always fun to sit at a well-to-do church and hear how that one is explained. But, as I thought about really living this Gospel, I looked to the first reading, and for me, the direction of this week became pretty clear. The first reading is about wisdom, and preferring her to scepter and throne. When I put the two together, it tells me the perspective I should have as I am deciding what I want to do with the gifts I have been given. Not that it is bad to make money, or to have a job with a good salary, but the purpose of what I do, and the direction that I take have to take into account God’s plan and desires. Sometimes it’s a call to something big, and sometimes it is very, very small. So, this week, I’ll be looking closely to see what I can find. (Wisdom 7:7-11, Mark 10:17-30)
I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her, nor did I liken any priceless gem to her; because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand, and before her, silver is to be accounted mire. Beyond health and comeliness I loved her, and I chose to have her rather than the light, because the splendor of her never yields to sleep. Yet all good things together came to me in her company, and countless riches at her hands. (Wisdom 7:7-11)
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.” He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children how hard it is to enter the kingdome of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.” Peter began to say to him, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.” (Mark 10:17-30)