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Gospel Reflection

A grain of wheat is a solitary grain
till it falls to the ground and dies.
A grain of wheat is a solitary grain,
but dead it bears a mighty harvest.

Gospel Reading - The Rich Man

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17As he was starting out on a trip, a man came running to him and knelt down and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get to heaven?”

18“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good! 19But as for your question — you know the commandments: don’t kill, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t cheat, respect your father and mother.”

20“Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve never oncea broken a single one of those laws.”

21Jesus felt genuine love for this man as he looked at him. “You lack only one thing,” he told him; “go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor — and you shall have treasure in heaven — and come, follow me.”

22Then the man’s face fell, and he went sadly away, for he was very rich.

23Jesus watched him go, then turned around and said to his disciples, “It’s almost impossible for the rich to get into the Kingdom of God!”

24This amazed them. So Jesus said it again: “Dear children, how hard it is for those who trust in richesb to enter the Kingdom of God. 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”

26The disciples were incredulous! “Then who in the world can be saved, if not a rich man?” they asked.

27Jesus looked at them intently, then said, “Without God, it is utterly impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

. . . . .Mark 10:17-31
  1. Literally, “never from my youth.”
  2. Some of the ancient manuscripts do not contain these words.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.