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14 October, 2018

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 7:7-11
Psalm 89: 12-17
Hebrews 4:12-13
Gospel Mk 10:17-27

Give everything you own to the poor, Then come follow me

Jesus was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him and put this question  to him,  ‘Good master,  what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You must not kill; You must not commit adultery; You must not steal; You must not bring false witness; You must not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’ And he said to him, ‘Master, I have kept all these from my earliest days.’ Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, ‘There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.

  Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’ The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesus insisted, ‘My children,’ he said to them ‘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 a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were more astonished than ever. ‘In that case’ they said to one another ‘who can be saved?’ Jesus gazed at them. ‘For men’ he said ‘it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God.’

Hard … Not Impossible

There is a great difference between having riches, and loving them; wherefore also Solomon says not, He that hath silver, but, “He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver.” [Eccles 5:10] Therefore the Lord unfolds the words of His former saying to His astonished disciples, as follows: “But Jesus answered again, and said unto them, Children, how hard it is for them that trust in their riches to enter the kingdom of God.” Where we must observe that He says not, how impossible, but “how hard”; for what is impossible cannot in any way come to pass, what is difficult can be accomplished, though with labour.

How then (in the Scriptures), many rich persons, enter into the kingdom of God, unless it be that they learned through the inspiration of God either to count their riches as nothing, or to quit them altogether. Or in a higher sense, it is easier for Christ to suffer for those who love Him, than for the lovers of this world to turn to Christ; for under the name of camel, He wished Himself to be understood, because He bore the burden of our weakness; and by the needle, He understands the prickings, that is, the pains of His Passion. By the eye of a needle, therefore, He means the straits of His Passion, by which He, as it were, deigned to mend the torn garments of our nature.
Saint Bede the Venerable, Catena Aurea

FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Mon 15 St. Teresa of Ávila, Virgin, Doctor 
Tue 16 St. Hedwig, Religious; also St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin, and St. Longinus, the soldier who pierced Christ’s side (Jerus)  
Wed 17 St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr 
Thu 18 St. Luke, Evangelist Feast 
Fri 19 Ss. John of Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests, and Companions, Martyrs; also St. Paul of the Cross, Priest.      

Psalter: week IV

Readings For the 29th Sunday
Isaiah 53:10-11
Psalm 32:4-5,18-20,22
Hebrews 4:14-16
Mark 10:35-45

Saint Paul of the Cross

Paolo Francesco Danei was born in Italy in 1694 to exemplary Catholic parents. From childhood, he was very prayerful, had a great devotion for the crucifix and the Blessed Sacrament, attended daily Mass and had frequent Confession. He attended a Catholic school for boys making great progress in study and virtue. As a young man he began having visions of the passion of our Lord. He also turned down an honourable marriage and rejected an inheritance from his uncle, who was a priest, keeping only his breviary. Inspired by our Lord to form a congregation, Paul wrote the Rule of Life for the Passionists while still a layman, writing as quickly as if someone was dictating to him, Pope Benedict XIII approved the congregation and later ordained Paul a priest along with his brother John Baptist, and moving to a hermitage, the two brothers were soon joined by more companions. Devotion to the Passion of our Lord and the heroic practice of the Christian virtues were the distinctive traits of the Passionists, they also took to pray constantly for the conversion of England. Indeed many souls did convert through the apostolic labours of these religious. Fr. Paul died on 1775. Many miracles took place at his beatification and canonization.

Saint Paul of the Cross, pray for us.

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