14 Sun Oct 2012
As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, â€œGood Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?â€ Jesus said to him, â€œWhy do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: â€˜You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.â€™â€ He said to him, â€œTeacher, I have kept all these since my youth.â€ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, â€œYou lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.â€ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, â€œHow hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!â€ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, â€œChildren, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.â€ They were greatly astounded and said to one another, â€œThen who can be saved?â€ Jesus looked at them and said, â€œFor mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.â€
Peter began to say to him, â€œLook, we have left everything and followed you.â€ Jesus said, â€œTruly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this ageâ€”houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutionsâ€”and in the age to come eternal life.
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.