Sunday Reflection, by S. Mary Ann Stoffregan, OSF

Reflection for October 14, 2012
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Wisdom 7:7-11
Psalm: 90: 12-17

Second Reading: Hebrews 4:12-13

Gospel: Mark 10:17-30


The rich young man in today’s Gospel asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life.  He does not realize that we cannot do anything to earn an inheritance; an inheritance is a gift.  Right relationship with God and eternal life are also gifts.  We can refuse them, but we cannot earn them.

The author of the Wisdom reading already understands that wisdom is not earned, but received as a gift.  The reading from Hebrews also affirms that our right relationship with God is a gift from the one who sees everything within us.  We cannot earn spiritual gifts but we can open ourselves to receive them.


Creator of life, Wise Giver of all gifts, help me to realize that you are always wanting what is good for me.  Help me to know that keeping the commandments is the first step, giving you my heart is the next.  Open me to hear your promptings each day with an open heart as I seek to follow Jesus.  Amen.

Mary Ann Stoffregen, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

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