WHY DO YOU CALL ME GOOD…

Wisdom of Solomon 7:7-11

7 Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
8 I preferred her to scepters and thrones, and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her.
9 Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem, because all gold is but a little sand in her sight, and silver will be accounted as clay before her.
10 I loved her more than health and beauty, and I chose to have her rather than light, because her radiance never ceases.
11 All good things came to me along with her, and in her hands uncounted wealth.

Hebrews 4:12-13

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
13 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Mark 10:17-30

17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'”
20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.”
21 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
22 At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!”
24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?”
27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”28 Peter began to say to him, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you.”29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel,
30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.

MEDITATION

THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON poetically equates wisdom and understanding to a woman and reckoned it as the most valuable trophy that anyone could wish to have! Although health and beauty are worthy of admiration, it does not trump wisdom which is the prize of all that is good and prescious.

THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS metaphysically equates the word of God to a two-edged sword with the implication that God’s word cannot be falsified because it has the power to sharply expose a lie and it convicts the enemy. The word is a double edge sword that shall reveal mans inner thoughts and good or bad intentions. Nothing about man can be hidden from the eyes of God who is all knowing.

THE GOSPEL READING: Just as Jesus is about to embark on a new mission he is interrupted by a man who begins to describe Him as being a good man!This man knew what was expected of him to attain salvation, however he was hoping to secure and hold on to his health and wealth mantra.Jesus immediately recognized and exposed the false humble accolade of this seeker who thought he could win Jesus’ immediate approval without having to let go of his desirous  materialism! 

We certainly find ourselves during a time that has seen mans appetite to acquire goods; seek self importance and attain wealth and knowledge that has reached feverish levels at the expense of wisdom and truth. Our materialistic outlook has certainly blinded our understanding of what it means to be saved by God. Since Christ knows and sees all, nothing about us shall escape His purview. We are called to apply wisdom in all facets of our lives rather than lavishing Christ with words and phrases in an attempt to avoid or negate pain, suffering and persecution which is part of our living the faith.

LET US PRAY: Psalms 90:12-17

12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on thy servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with thy steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad as many days as thou hast afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil.16 Let thy work be manifest to thy servants, and thy glorious power to their children.17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish thou the work of our hands upon us, yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Author. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.

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