Thoughts on the Readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) 2015

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Our Gospel this Sunday is very familiar.  A man came to Jesus and asked:What must I do to inherit eternal life?”   Now --- if we are honest --- I suspect we would all like an answer to that question.   And again --- if we are honest --- I suspect what we really would like to know is the one thing we have to do to inherit eternal life.  Jesus is clear, though, that inheriting eternal life involves more than doing just one thing.  Certainly inheriting eternal life involves following the commandments.   In addition to following the commandments, though, there are things that are specific to each of us that we are called to do if we want to inherit eternal life.  For the young man in the Gospel today not only was he called to follow the commandments, but also:  “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven, the come follow me.”   

Our first reading this Sunday is taken from the Book of Wisdom.   In the section we read today, the author prayed: “and prudence was given me, I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.”  The connection between this reading and the Gospel is clear.   What is important in following God is not power or wealth, but the desire to know God and the wisdom to do what God calls us to do.  

In our second reading this Sunday, we continue to read from the letter to the Hebrews.  We will read from this letter for the next few weeks.  In the section we read today we are reminded that the “word of God is living and effective………...” and that “No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.”   

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: 

  1. Following the Commandments is important and essential to inherit eternal life. However, if you were to ask Jesus what else you needed to do to inherit eternal life, what do you think he might he ask of you?  
  2. What are the qualities of a wise person?   What wise people have you known in your life?  
  3. We believe that the word of God is living and effective.   Where has the word of God had an impact in your life?   


"The highest wisdom is loving kindness.". - The Talmud

My (Catholic) maternal grandmother was wise in that she could see through my frequent foolishness; kind in that she loved me nontheless.


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