18 Aug 2008
The word of the LORD came to me: Mortal, with one blow I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes; yet you shall not mourn or weep, nor shall your tears run down. Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban, and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover your upper lip or eat the bread of mourners. So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded.
Then the people said to me, â€œWill you not tell us what these things mean for us, that you are acting this way?â€ Then I said to them: The word of the LORD came to me: Say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: I will profane my sanctuary, the pride of your power, the delight of your eyes, and your heartâ€™s desire; and your sons and your daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword. Thus Ezekiel shall be a sign to you; you shall do just as he has done. When this comes, then you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
The Rich Young Man
Someone came to Jesus and said, â€œTeacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?â€ And he said to him, â€œWhy do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.â€ He said to him, â€œWhich ones?â€ And Jesus said, â€œYou shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.â€ The young man said to him, â€œI have kept all these; what do I still lack?â€ Jesus said to him, â€œIf you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.â€ When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.