28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 7:7-11. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for Joy! – Psalm 89(90):12-17. Hebrews 4:12-13. Mark 10:17-30.

Give everything you own to the poor, and follow me

The rich man walks away shocked and grieving, choosing to return to the comfortable ‘prison’ of his wealth rather than risking the ‘freedom’ of the life Jesus describes. Like the rich man, our prosperity and possessions often possess us, holding us captive. The kingdom of God, limitless love, invites us to be free and let go. What sounded radical to the disciples feels just as hard now. We live in a society that worships expensive brands, where achieving immense wealth is celebrated.

A call to simplicity and relationship asks me to notice the focus of my ambitions. To ask whether these bring to me closer to others and God. How can I let go and grow when I attach so much status, pride and self-worth to what I own and what I earn? How do I live more deeply yet simply, stepping outside the comfortable prison of my own self-interest and security? If God’s love is gift, may my heart’s doorway remain open and uncluttered enough to receive it