The Gospel Today
Mk 10: 17-27
Monday of the Eight Week in Ordinary Time
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 Kingdom 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 men it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”
Reflection (Sem. Nelson S. Maningas)
We often hear people telling someone who regularly goes to church especially to one who goes to church everyday: “Naku lalampas ka na sa langit sa kakasimba at kakadasal mo.” I personally have experienced to be told such remarks, since I was a member of the youth ministry in our parish and we usually sing daily in the mass. Looking back on those days I would, say it will never happen that my effort to be closer to God and to serve Him would be too much as if I have reached perfection already and that I have done all the necessary things to merit heaven and even more than that. Our relationship with God can be likened to a journey where we have to take steps one at a time, daily and continuously. Along the way, we experience failures yet we have to stand and continue to move forward. We are not yet perfect; it remains to be our struggle to become one. There’s always “something more” to be done in doing God’s will because we are still in the journey and we have not yet reached our destination. That makes doing God’s will mysterious for this “something more” is yet to be revealed to us regardless of what our plans are in this life, it remains to be unpredictable and there’s more to discover and do.
Perhaps this is one of the messages of the Gospel for us today. That we should not go weary in discovering the will of God and that we should never think that we have done everything already and there’s nothing more that we lack. We ask the Lord everyday: “Speak Lord Your servant is listening” and when we hear Him speak to us harden not our hearts to do His will; “All for the greater glory of God.”