for Sunday, October 14, 2012
This week the readings invite us to consider prudence and wisdom as
important in our spiritual lives. The first reading, from the Book of
Wisdom, speaks directly about this virtues. The reading should encourage
us to pray for the gifts of prudence and wisdom in our lives. It is clear
from the author who writes that only by asking for these gifts will we
The second reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, reminds us that the
Word of God that forms us. This Word touches every aspect of our lives, if
we are attentive. We need not fear being naked and exposed to the God who
loves us. We are aware that we are sinners and that allowing God to touch
us as we are brings salvation. The Word of God invites us to live in
confidence and trust rather than fear. With this reading, we remember the
words of the Gospel of John: I have come not to condemn, but to save.
The Gospel of Mark shows us a man who is eager to follow Jesus and who
wants very much to be faithful to God. When Jesus questions this man, he
encounters a very good man. Only one thing is lacking - and this is a
personal and direct request of our Lord to his man: Go, sell what you
have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come,
This man, so eager and so good, cannot bring himself to follow what the
Lord asks of him. We do not know what happened to this man later on.
Perhaps he was able to follow the Lord. We know that in our own lives, we
are not always eager to give all that we have to the Lord. We human tend
to hold on to things that we think are important to us, even when we know
that they block our following of God.
We want to have the wisdom to follow Jesus. This wisdom can help us let go
of everything that blocks us from God. We want to have prudence so that we
are not fanatics in a bad way, but nevertheless totally committed to the
Lord Jesus in every aspect of our lives.
This Sunday we can pray with these readings and ask God to transform our
hearts so that God's word forms us and transforms us.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Wisdom 7.7-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 4.12-13
Gospel: Mark 10.17-30
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