HOMILY OF MONDAY 8TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B

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HOMILY OF MONDAY 8TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B

HOMILY THEME: “WHAT MUST I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE?”

BY: Bishop Anthony Ewherido

1 Pet 1:3-9; Psalm 110(111): 1-2, 5-6, 9-10; Mark 10:17-27

My Morning Minute With Jesus

We usually don’t give enough credit to the rich man who asked Jesus the about what he needed to do to enter eternal life. His observance of the commandments was not only commendable, but better than what many can boast of. Yet, Jesus’ demands teach us extra lessons.

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First, no one does enough to earn God’s kingdom. We are invited to give all; and even when we have done that, eternal life remains an unmerited gift of God. So, God is always demanding more of/from us, and it is usually out of love for us and for our salvation. Our prompt and generous response is both necessary and important, but does not buy heaven for us. May God give us the courage to carryout whatever He asks of us, no matter the cost. Second, Jesus teaches us that love of God and neighbor, especially the poor and underprivileged, remains inseparable. Faith that empowers sharing our resources, especially with the poor, builds treasures in heaven. Third, our worldview must be all-encompassing. We must have heaven in view. Only such a perspective makes it possible to follow Christ wholeheartedly without counting the cost of discipleship. When our horizons are earthbound, certain goals become impossible; when inclusive of eternal life, then we see things through the eyes of God, for whom everything is possible. Fourth, wealth and wellbeing are blessings from God. But, when they become obstacles in our relationship with God, and they become ends in themselves, they lose their true value and actually become detrimental to us.

Lord, give us a spirit of detachment and the grace to follow, always. Amen.

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