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28 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, October 14, 2018

“No one is good but God alone”, sounds the response from Jesus to a young man who was asking Him about the way to “inherit eternal life”. Amazed by Jesus’ teaching about the Kingdom of God he thought it would be enough to be good and follow the 10 commandments. What surprised him was when he heard that he could make it when he abandoned his possessions and followed Jesus. This is exactly the perfection, about life, is to be close to God, who is supreme goodness and a source of all creation. And in following Jesus, that is, His lifestyle is the way to this perfection. The choice of God and His Kingdom, at a higher value, demands however rejection of other goodness of this earth, in a sense of to build the fundaments of life. Otherwise, the things of this world become gods that start to rule one’s life in place of the true God and often at the cost of other people.
The true wisdom of life consists of a smarter investment of one’s life in something fast, durable, and permanent, in somebody, who has the power to make it immortal and eternal. This is truly a treasure that never passes away even when our earthly life is over, but will endure forever in God. About this wisdom of choice of God in one’s life (through the “spirit of wisdom” that came through prayer and contemplation) speaks to us from the first reading today from the Book of Wisdom. The author’s inspiration reveals, “preferred her to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her, nor did he liken any priceless gem to her; because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand and before her, silver is to be accounted mire. Beyond health and comeliness, he loved her, and he chose to have her rather than the light, because the splendor of her never yields to sleep”. This wisdom is the Word of God, the word of life, where all creation comes from becoming its center and soul that the second reading speaks about.