Readings and Reflection for February 28, Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time


“Without having seen him you love him,’ you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. ”
The beginning of the first Letter of Saint Peter 1 Peter 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.

The word of the Lord

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 111: 1b-2, 5-6, 9 and 10c (R/. 5b)
R/. The Lord keeps his covenant ever in mind.
Or: Alleluia.

I will praise the Lord with all my heart,
in the meeting of the just and the assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord,
to be pondered by all who delight in them. R.

He gives food to those who fear him;
keeps his covenant ever in mind.
His mighty works he has shown to his people
by giving them the heritage of nations. R/.

R/. The Lord keeps his covenant ever in mind.
Or: Alleluia.

He has sent redemption to his people,
and established his covenant forever.
Holy his name, to be feared.
His praise endures forever! R/.

ALLELUIA 2 Corinthians 8:9
Alleluia. Though Jesus Christ was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. Alleluia.

“Go, sell what you have, and follow me.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (Mark 10:17-27)

At that time: As Jesus was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honour your father and mother. ”’ And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

The Gospel of the Lord

The rich young man thinks he can “merit” eternal life by his acts of piety. Jesus clarifies: piety is important, but eternal life, we can only “accept” as a gift from God. We must have the right disposition: overcoming the vices (sins) that enslave us and make us incapable of responding to God’s gift of salvation. The young man has habitually kept the law; but his wealth is a hindrance to answering the call to radical discipleship. Many forms of “wealth” incapacitate our Christian life and witness: material riches, career, friendships, ambition public acclaim, addiction, e.t.c


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