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28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

October 10, 2021,
Catherine Martinez, OSB, St. Joseph Monastery in Tulsa, OK

Inheriting Eternal Life

Today we see a wealthy young man ask what is necessary to receive eternal life. (Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27) The kind of questioning this young man brings is different from the questioning presented by the Pharisees. He is not trying to trap Jesus through some kind of trick but rather sincerely seems to desire to follow Jesus and his path, at least initially.

Jesus puts him through a short test listing the commandments, which the man states he has followed since youth. So what more is required for discipleship? Jesus then makes an unusual gesture. He gazes at him with love, with affection. There is no doubt that the young man has made an impression on Jesus.

The young man was seeking an easy answer. He was looking for the quick entry pass to eternal life. What more do I need to do? He thought that he could earn discipleship rather than receive it as a gift of love freely given.

  • When has Jesus gazed on me with love?
  • How have I responded to this gaze?
  • Have I walked away like the young man, afraid of what the true cost of discipleship might be?
  • Have I been so into myself and my own agenda that I totally miss the glance?
  • How can I live more fully into that gaze of love?

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Catherine Martinez, OSB, has been a Benedictine Sister at St. Joseph Monastery in Tulsa, OK, since 1985. She is currently the Treasurer/Business Manager of her monastic community. She is a member of the planning committee for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Federation of St. Scholastica.

Sister Catherine's reflections begin September 5 and continue through November 21.

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