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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
There are some sets of verbs that give us insight into the practice of discipleship. In the parables of the treasure in the field and the pearl of great price, we have finding, selling, and buying. At the consecration of the Mass, we encounter take, bless, break, and give. In today’s gospel, the rich young man is invited to go, sell, give and come. These verbs remind us that discipleship is a dynamic process. We cannot think our way into becoming disciples. We have to act. We have to make an investment. We have to risk our assets by giving them away to others, especially the least, the last, and the lost where we may feel there is little likelihood of a return. As Jesus has repeatedly told his disciples, we need to make sacrifices. Are we willing to go completely in with Jesus? Are there things that tempt me to make compromises or hold back in some way?
—Fr. Joe Folzenlogen, S.J. is a pastoral minister in Cincinnati, OH, where he has long contributed to care for the poor and those in need
Prayer of Pope Francis for the Synod on the Family
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again
experience violence, rejection, and division;
may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may the Synod of Bishops make us mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.
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