Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (27th February, 2017) on the Gospel

Sir 17:24-29;
Ps 31:1-2.5-7. (R. v.11);
Mk 10:17-27.

Topic: Step-by-step.
In today’s gospel, a rich man ran to Jesus and asked Him: “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him in part,
You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’ He [the rich man] said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’
Maybe the man expected Jesus to tell him that he has made it but he received these terrifying words, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” And the gospel reads further, “When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.”
At every point, each person is faced with either striving to move on or staying back that he/she has made it or worst still that he/she can’t. And a very big disservice one can do to him/herself is to stop moving forward because automatically it sets the person on a very fast track to relegation. Even Jesus said, “My Father is working still, and I am working” (Jn 5:17).
In our spiritual journey, it is the same principle. Hence in his letter to the Corinthians Saint Paul wrote, “I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it...” (1Cor 3:2). Again, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways” (1Cor 13:11). Take your steps one-by-one. And never deceive yourself or anybody else that you have made it before you make it.
 Bible Reading: 1Pt 5:1-11.
Thought for today: Be faithful unto death... (Rev 2:10).
Let us pray: May God help us stand firm till the end – Amen.

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