TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
What can I do to inherit the kingdom of God?
T his is the question that navigates the Gospel of today’s reading. In that case what is needed to be taken into consideration is the message of the first reading - wisdom. The word wisdom, “Sophia” as is translated in the Greek language and “hochma” in Hebrew is personified in Sacred Scripture as a divine figure that comes from God to guide us. “I prayed says the Wisdom of Salomon, and understanding was given to me, I called on God, and the Spirit of God came to me”. Our tradition teaches us that wisdom must be valued above all human gains or possessions because it is the eternal treasure, the fruit of prayer, deep reflection and humility. This kind of wisdom and knowledge are the general requirement to follow Jesus who called to us to discipleship.
Every human is called to seek that wisdom to enter into a genuine relationship with God. The story of the rich young man in the Gospel really is a great example of the tension and emotion deep inside of us in our effort to respond to Jesus’ call. My personal inclination convinced me that this young man was a good person as we can see he has followed and being faithful to the commandments all his life but only one thing is missing, faithfulness, not success. This young man has been challenge by Jesus in his most vulnerable part of his comfort zone: the love and his attachment to his possessions. “Go and sell your possessions and follow me said Jesus”. The Gospel says when the man heard Jesus response he was sad because he valued his possessions over Jesus call. My dear friends to be a disciple mean everyday faithfulness not successfulness. A disciple is called to trust God unconditionally. “We are not meant to walk by Jesus side full of pride rather we meant to walk full of God energy”. We cannot confess the overwhelming of God richness without detaching ourselves from everything we possess. To renounce of our wealth is not an end in itself but merely a prerequisite for becoming a disciple of Christ. Each one must give up what prevents respond to this invitation: "Come and follow me."
What does this reading mean to us? Where do we fit in this Gospel today? We are all rich and poor alike called to be Jesus’ disciple and to work with Him in his vineyard. We are all men and women called to set the world on fire with the message of love. But the crucial question for us individually is: what it is my personal possession that I need to sell to be free and able to make this conscientious decision to be a faithful follower of Christ?
Rev. Ducasse François
He took the child by the hand and said to her:
"Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."
Mk: 10, 21