Sunday 11th October – Sunday of week 28 of the year
Reflection: Mark 10: 17-30
WHAT IS YOUR IDOL?
Given our African setting, it is easy to point an accusing finger or raise a brow at anyone who has a carved image under some tree which he prays to, pours libation or recites incantations. Yet, if we are not careful, we may be just as guilty of idolatry as such a person is. The Church teaches us that idolatry not only refers to false pagan worship. It consists in divinizing what is not God (CCC 2133).
The young man who met Jesus in today’s gospel reading was sincerely interested in inheriting eternal life. St Mark’s record that he “ran up” to meet Jesus shows us that he was eager to meet Jesus and know what he would say. This eagerness was confirmed by his admission that he had made efforts to keep all the commandments since his youth. Unfortunately, despite his zeal and earnest desire for eternal life, Jesus’ answer saddened him. The sacrifice it required was too much for him because his was attached to his wealth; it had become his idol.
Dear friend, what would you hold back at the expense of your salvation? What is it that the gospel message will touch in your life and leave you sad? That is your idol. Identify and destroy it now before it destroys you.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, may nothing separate me from your love. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 358 – why does the Old Testament forbid images of God, and why do we Christians no longer keep that commandment?
In order to protect the mystery of God and to set the people of Israel apart from the idolatrous practices of the pagans, the First Commandment said, “You shall not make for yourself a graven image” (Ex 20:4). However, since God himself acquired a human face in Jesus Christ, the prohibition against images was repealed in Christianity; in the Eastern Church, icons are even considered as sacred.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there you’re your heart be also” Matthew 6:20-21 RSV-CE
Today’s readings: Wisdom 7: 7-11; Psalm 90: 12-17; Hebrews 4: 12-13; Mark 10: 17-30