28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

1st Reading Wisdom 7:7-11
Responsorial Psalm Psalms 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
2nd Reading Hebrews 4:12-13
Alleluia Matthew 5:3
Gospel Mark 10:17-30

Theme: Who Then Can Be Saved?


After satisfying the physical needs, the next needs of man is that of security. Man is always anxious of safeguarding his future to ensure continuous existence. Thus the desire of man to live forever is imbedded in the very core of his creation. Indeed no one wants to die if he or she can help it. But the fact still remains that life will definitely come to an end some day and so if it does happen who then shall be saved?

Explanation of the text

Our Gospel reading of today presents us with a very interesting discourse between an unknown young man and Jesus. The young man came to Jesus by respectfully addressing Him as a good teacher and to solicit from Him, the needful thing to be done in order to inherit eternal life. The reply of Jesus, suggests that right from the beginning Jesus wanted this young man to focus his attention on God and heavenly things when He retorted that only God is good. Jesus referred him to the law and this man enthusiastically responded to be a firm nay distinguished observer of the Law. Jesus loved his response and zeal but asked him to go sell all that he has and give it to the poor. The countenance of the man and his attitude made Jesus to use this hyperbole “how difficult it is for the rich to enter heaven than for a Carmel to pass through the eye of the needle”.

The disciples after hearing this were astonished. This is because at the time and even now most people believe that the richer you’re the more blessed of God you are ( Deut 28:1). In their astonishment the disciples asked, “who then can be saved?”. Since riches can’t guarantee one’s eternal life. For Jesus then there is a standard of life for the rich and poor alike. Money is not the currency for spiritual greatness. Money is simply a tool that humans should manage for the glory of God. Eternal wealth is only found in God. True riches come from God and salvation can be missed by pursuit and admiration of the wrong things. You don’t have Biblical wisdom if your goal in life is measured by earthly riches.

Our first reading today personalizes Wisdom. She is the most precious of all pearls. She is God himself. All good things come from, and must return to Him. Nothing can be compared with Her. Nothing has value without Her. Whoever possesses her has everything. All created things only partake in the beauty and splendor of God. Hence, we must seek wisdom more than material wealth. This is because, to possess her, is to possess the most precious of all wealth. Hence, saint Augustine reminds us that: Our heart must not rest until it is united with this precious Wisdom.

Who then can be saved? The answer is anyone, but not everyone wants to be saved. Be wise and not folly. Remember foolishness is an office, somebody has to occupy it. It is the choices of mortals that determine who occupied it at any material moment. But whether we like it or not somebody must be foolish for wisdom to continue to have value and who that person is, we don’t know, only time will define.



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