Readings: October 14, 2012 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Wisdom 7:7-11  Good News Translation

      Solomon Declares His Love for Wisdom

Realizing that I was only human, I prayed and was given understanding. The spirit of Wisdom came to me.  I regarded her more highly than any throne or crown. Wealth was nothing compared to her.  Precious jewels could not equal her worth; beside Wisdom all the gold in the world is a handful of sand, and silver is nothing more than clay.

I valued her more than health and good looks. Hers is a brightness that never grows dim, and I preferred it to any other light.

When Wisdom came to me, all good things came with her. She brought me untold riches.

© 1992 by American Bible Society

     

Hebrews 4:12-13  9  The Message

Brothers and sisters,

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.                © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

      Mark 10:17-30      The Message

      To Enter God’s Kingdom

As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him

with great reverence, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?”

Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t cheat, honor your father and mother.”

He said, “Teacher, I have—from my youth—kept them all!”

Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.”

The man’s face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go.

Looking at his disciples, Jesus said, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who ‘have it all’ to enter God’s kingdom?” The disciples couldn’t believe what they were hearing, but Jesus kept on: “You can’t imagine how difficult. I’d say it’s easier for a camel to

go through a needle’s eye than for the rich to get into God’s kingdom.”

/That/ set the disciples back on their heels. “Then who has any chance at all?” they asked.

Jesus was blunt: “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you let God do it.”

Peter tried another angle: “We left everything and followed you.”

Jesus said, “Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land—whatever—because of me and the Message will lose out. They’ll get it all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land—but

also in troubles. And then the bonus of eternal life!                         © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

 

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