First Reading: Wisdom 7: 7-11
Psalm Response: Psalm 90: 12-17
Second Reading: Hebrews 4: 12-13
Gospel: Mark 10: 17-30
“All things are possible for God” as Mark’s gospel reminds us today. The reading from the book of Wisdom reinforces that nothing comes to comparison, not even “riches”, to the Spirit of Sophia Wisdom. I once saw an image of Sophia Wisdom. Her arms were out- stretched and holding in her right hand “wisdom” and in her left hand “justice”. For Sophia Wisdom “gold and silver” is like sand falling thru your hand. The priority is an all embracing love to gain wisdom of the heart which penetrates our soul, spirit and even our very joints and marrow. (Heb.4: 12). It is about deepening, and going deeper into the very generosity of God. It is opening to allow God to penetrate my very “bones”. A powerful image! Deep within our bone marrow our red and white blood cells are produced. It is our very life source. It is from this inner source within that the man in the gospel struggles to understand “for his face fell, and he went away sad” (Mk. 10: 22). Jesus also laments the challenges faced by those who follow him and reminds us: “All things are possible with God”. The reward is a new community that commits to “wisdom” of the heart and “justice” in serving the poor.
Reflection questions: Do I believe all things are possible for God? Do I allow God’s love to penetrate into my very bones to be healed? How do I form a community that serves from the wisdom of heart and works for justice in the world?
God of wisdom, help us to answer the challenge of Jesus to follow him as part of a new community of believers knowing all things are possible if we trust in God. May we take up this charge willing to act for justice and take care of the poor in whatever form they come to us, believing you are always present and giving us strength and purpose through your Spirit.
Rosie Miller, OSF