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With God All Things Are Possible

28th Sunday in O.T. – Cycle B



Reading 1
Wis 7:7-11

I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,
and I chose to have her rather than the light,
because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
Yet all good things together came to me in her company,
and countless riches at her hands.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

R. (14) Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
Make us glad, for the days when you afflicted us,
for the years when we saw evil.
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Let your work be seen by your servants
and your glory by their children;
and may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands!
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!

Reading II
Heb 4:12-13


Brothers and sisters:
Indeed the word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.

Gospel


Mk: 10:17-27

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."




God speaks so powerfully to us this weekend through His word. From the book of Wisdom . . . “I prayed, and prudence was given to me; I pleaded, and the spirit of Wisdom came to me . . .” So important was that Wisdom that is was preferred more than power and riches and health and light. I pray often for the wisdom to be able to understand God’s tremendous love for me and for you, so that all of us might know the joy of His love and the kingdom He has in store for us.

The psalm refrain also, is so rich in meaning, “Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!” In my heart I know that God is present in our mists with His arms wide open to fill us with His unconditional love. Yet, at times, I feel so afraid to accept that love because I know in doing so I would have to love in the same way. And being the sinner that I am, I sometimes feel confused and undeserving of such love. But Jesus reminds us in the gospel . . . “You don’t deserve it, you can’t buy it or work for it, because it is my gift to you, regardless of your sinfulness. But you have to want it, far more than riches; more than those things that possess your heart; those things that stand in the way of my relationship with you, because when you cling to things or people, or even attitudes to make yourself secure, then you end up in a corner chained to yourself, blocking the free movement of My Spirit in your life. It is not so much your “possessing” that keeps you from accepting My love, but rather in your being “possessed” that blinds you from the joy that can be yours when you are filled with My love.”

I don’t think that Jesus wants just me to understand this message, but all of you, all of God’s children, wherever they are, because God loves all of us so much! I recall several years ago when I was preaching a similar message to this affect in our church to the congregation, when I said to them, “And yet, for some reason, I often feel sad inside when I look into your eye and faces, and I sense no song of joy. For you see from where I stand at each weekend Mass, I do see many faces; faces that show hurt; faces that show resentment and detachment; faces that show anger and spiritual lifelessness; faces that show a restlessness, an uncertainty as to whether or not God really does love you. Often times I see a joyless face with no reason to sing the praises of the Lord. And with what little wisdom I have – I wonder what is wrong? Is it me? Is it the Church? Do you feel like lost sheep abandoned by their shepherd? I don’t know the answer, except that God really does love you, and He will never abandon you nor me, if we but give ourselves to Him.”

I know that in today’s gospel message, when that man seemed to just jog up to Jesus and ask what more must he do, that once Jesus told him in so many words, “If you really want to share in eternal life; if you really want to share in it at all; if you really desire to love completely; if you really feel the urge of the kingdom of My Father, then loosen yourself from all you have, sell it, give it away, and once free, totally free, come to Me and be as I am.”

All he was really asking that man, as he ask of us today, is to put God first in our lives; to risk accepting His love. And yet, he and you and I go away sad, knowing that what Jesus asked was something that perhaps we could not do just yet. Are we not ready to come? Are we not read to grow, to enter, instead of running on, instead of jogging still, constantly having that same question, that same desire, that same urge?

We should never forget what that young man never forgot, or those who where witnesses to this scene, or the one who informed Mark about it. That witness noted carefully that Jesus remained looking after that man, as He does for you and I, with love and a smile, saying to His amazed disciples, “For a human being, it is impossible, but not for God! With God all things are possible!”

My friends, I trust that it is that love, that promise, we will find when our running is over, when our jogging for greater wealth is done. You see, we still have time to accept God’s love so that we can sing for joy!


It is my wish that this message was meaningful to you. Again, thank you for taking the time to stop by, and may God bless you all in this coming week. Oh, and by the way – I love you!


Deacon Steve A. Politte
© October 10th, 2009

 

 

 

Forever In Your Heart!



My Dear Friend -
Wherever you may be -
If you find yourself struggling,
and you find it hard to see,

and the burdens that you carry -
are just pulling you apart,
remember that I am with you -
forever in your heart.

Listen to my voice, and follow me -
there is nothing for you to fear,
I extend my heart to you
For as your friend I will always be near..


Just pull yourself together,
and abide in the Master up above -
and you will so much richer then,
for you will dwell within His love.

Believe that you can make it -
from the dawn of a new day,
and on the journey you travel -
you can find happiness along the way,

and with it comes the sunshine -
that will guide you from the start,
and know that I am with you -
and forever in your heart.

Pray my friend, now and every day -
and put your trust in me
I will lead you to our Saviour
And He will set your worries free.

Think of the animals and the birds
For they have no worries or no cares,
You are a child of God my friend
And His is always there.

Trust in me, and abide in my love -
You will not succumb to the dark
I give that love to you, my friend -
and am, forever in your heart.

There is much you might fear -
it is every persons strife,
thinking that they journey -
all alone in this life,

but it doesn’t have to be that way -
when you let Jesus do His part,
just take this gift I give to you -
for I am, forever in your heart!

Feel the morning breezes -
as they cleanse your very soul,
and wipe away all your troubles -
when you are sad or feeling low,

for that is the time, my friend -
when you need a brand new start,
knowing that someone cares for you -
and is forever in your heart!



@Steve A. Politte
Posted @ Nethugs.com
2006




 

 

 

 

 

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