This weekend we hear a very sobering Gospel because it highlights a key question for the early Christian community, one which caused division and still does today: the massive divide between rich and poor and the commitment to the poor demanded of the disciples of Jesus Christ.
South Africa has one of the biggest disparities between the rich and the poor in the world. The situation in South Africa – backed by global stats – seem to suggest that this Gospel should be just as challenging to us as it was to the rich young man! Every person who hears this Gospel proclaimed today must recognise how the issues it raises are some of the most important for us to be talking about today.
Have we domesticated this radical edge of the Gospel? Our forebears in faith saw this as a pressing issue. In the New Testament they grapple with the issue of economic disparity. I wonder how seriously we – especially those of us who do have homes, cars, clothes, food every day and are able to do things like go to restaurants – are willing to take this Gospel? It is a massive challenge and it demands of us a radical mind shift, a conversion, and a new way of thinking about others. It’s so much easier to “domesticate” the Gospel or seek ways of falsely justifying/protecting our own position – “government should do x, y, x”.
There are three important lessons this Gospel teaches us.
Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.
You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible or simply hover your mouse over the reference and the text will appear:
Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30.
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