This Week's Sunday Mass

October 14, 2018: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Presider: Fr. Arul Ponnaiyan
Parish: St. Paul
Choir: St. Charles

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

A reading from the Holy Gospel, according to Mark. Glory to you o Lord.

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 human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God."

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Gospel today we have a powerful story of a rich young man. A very grateful, a very honest, a very religious person. But still lacking something. He sounds very sincere in seeking for God in his life. So that is why we see him coming to Jesus and honestly seeking guidance. And he was expecting Jesus to give him a to-do list but Jesus completely surprises him. Jesus demands a complete change of heart, a complete change of lifestyle and Matthew doesn't tell us whether this young man later changed his heart and came back to follow Jesus or note. I wish he did. But today's Gospel says that he went away sad. And if this rich young man represents each one of us who are listening to the word today, it is a profound challenge to let go things that we are holding on to things that we are clinging onto. Things that we think would give us live. But Jesus says otherwise. Jesus says, leave everything behind and then follow me. So it is a profound challenge to each one of us here so what does it mean to give what we have? Or what does it mean to let go what we are holding on to. That means to trust in God alone for the rich young man, he at that moment of his life, he was not ready. To let go what he considered to be a treasure for him. So that story kind of today tells us the danger of wealth. The danger of richness how it can come on our way. From clinging on to Jesus. From holding on to Jesus from being a true follower of Jesus. This this rich young man in the story today, he was a perfect very good religious person, keeping all the commandments. But still was not in relationship with God. So because a relationship is a commitment and a relationship is a trust and each one of us here today, the words of Jesus is an invitation to enter into this intimate and personal relationship with Jesus. And it will not be possible for us to enter into such intimate relationship if we are still holding on to the things of the world what we consider in our world today the richness, our material desires. So love of God and love of neighbor is possible when we learn to let go when we learn to keep aside all the things of the world. And then focus on Jesus who alone can bring us the satisfaction, the fullness or the meaning that we long for in our human life so today I invite all of us to take a little bit of our time to ponder what is that one thing that if I give, if I'm willing to give will help me to be in an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and with my neighbors. What is one thing if I'm willing to give will give me eternal life that Jesus promises today.

Entrance: Holy Wisdom, Lamp of Learning (BEACH SPRING)

Psalm – Fill Us With Your Love, O Lord Ed Bolduc
Tune: Music © 1999, World Library Publications. Text: Text from the Lectionary for Mass, © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Preparation: Jesus, I Seek You – Andre Lesperance
Communion: We Are Many Parts - Marty Haugen
Tune: © 1980, 1986, GIA Publications, Inc. Text: © 1980, 1986, GIA Publications, Inc.
Sending Forth: Come, Follow Me – Gael Berberick and Barney Walker
Type: Words and Music; First Line: Come, follow me and live
© 1999, Gael Berberick and Barney Walker. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.

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