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28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year B
October 10, 2021
Anne Osdieck
First Reading
Wisdom 7:7-11

1. Does wisdom reside in the mind or the heart? Or both? 

2. Could the geopolitical, economic, ecological, and health crises today be a call to Wisdom? What can you help remedy with your courage and intelligence?

Second Reading

Hebrews 4:12-13

1. This reading says that “the word of God … is able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” How do you feel about the Word knowing you better than you know yourself? Do you trust God with such personal things? And would you like to know yourself better?

2. Do motives and attitude color your decision-making? Are your motives and attitudes in good order, or could they use a realignment?

Mark 10:17-30

1. Are possessions themselves the difficulty, or is it clinging to them? Or is the problem the inner drive to own and accumulate? Can the unbridled desire to possess be a stumbling block to world peace or ecological sustainability? How?

2. If Jesus is radical, can we respond to him with lukewarmness or calculation? Is everyone invited to follow him?

Jesus is radical. He gives all and he asks all: he gives a love that is total and asks for an undivided heart. …

Jesus asks each of us and all of us as the Church journeying forward: are we a Church that only preaches good commandments or a Church that is a spouse, that launches herself forward in love for her Lord? Do we truly follow him or do we revert to the ways of the world, like that man in the Gospel? In a word, is Jesus enough for us or do we look for many worldly securities?

Let us ask for the grace always to leave things behind for love of the Lord: to leave behind wealth, leave behind the yearning for status and power, leave behind structures that are no longer adequate for proclaiming the Gospel, those weights that slow down our mission, the strings that tie us to the world. Without a leap forward in love, our life and our Church become sick from “complacency and self-indulgence” (Evangelii Gaudium, 95).

Pope Francis, Canonization of the Blesseds
Oct. 14, 2018

Anne Osdieck

Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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