COMENTARY ON SUNDAY READINGS
FR. KIZITO OKHUOYA,
PASTOR, ST. WENCESLAUS, VERDIGRE &
ST. WILLIAM, NIOBRARA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018


From the Pastor’s desk.… Choice involves the renunciation of something else. So, very often we are faced with a choice when we cannot possess everything we desire. The readings are about choice. In the first reading, Solomon preferred wisdom “to scepters and thrones” The Gospel reading recalls the encounter between a wealthy man and Jesus. The rich man realizing that there is more to life than making wealth asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus’s response and the rich man’s reaction develops into a teaching moment for Jesus’ disciples. Meanwhile, the rich man learns the cost of entering eternal life. But what is Jesus’ teaching? First, that to enter eternal life the Christian must beware of every kind of materialism which creates a false sense of security and gets in the way of giving oneself wholeheartedly to God and neighbor. Second, that the Christian who desires to enter into eternal life must embrace the call to discipleship which is to follow Jesus. This invitation to personal relationship requires serious commitment. Jesus rejoices in our commitment to follow him, and he is saddened when we prefer other things to Him. Third, that our salvation is completely dependent upon God and we need to completely trust Him.

Furthermore, I am struck by the two pivotal moments in the Gospel: The first which is the highest emotional moment in the Gospel, “And Jesus looking upon him (the rich man) loved him...” The second is the lowest emotional moment and a reference to the rich man’s reaction to Jesus’ challenge, “At that saying his countenance fell and he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. It is not that Jesus wants to make it difficult for us to follow him but that following Jesus transcends the mere desire for heaven or the fulfillment of religious rules and obligations. So, the invitation to follow Jesus means making radical choices and embracing change. This change includes a look into our lifestyle and social circles. It is detachment from possession so as to freely and generously give ourselves to God and the poor. It is making daily sacrifices for a greater good. It is gaining understanding, exercising prudence and acting wisely as it concerns wealth and possessions. It is understanding and accepting that joy or true happiness does not come from possessions. It is rejoicing that our salvation, though dependent completely on God, is worth every personal sacrifice! Perhaps, this week we could all reflect on our relationship with the one thing or the things that is keeping us from following Jesus wholeheartedly and ultimately may get in the way of our salvation. The good news is that God-Jesus loves to see us thrive. Jesus has empowered us through the Holy Spirit to make the best choices for our salvation, rather than walk away sad.

I commend you to the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our patrons Saints Wenceslaus and William. Stay Close to Jesus and your family. God bless you











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