Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

October 12: 'What Will My Father in Heaven Think?' (Living the Word)

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

October 12: 'What Will My Father in Heaven Think?' (Living the Word)

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Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

Mark showed plainly in the previous reading that by applying the rigid letter of the law, many Pharisees were missing its liberating spirit. The rich man in today's account suffers from the same blind allegiance to rules rather than love. Though faithful to the commandments, when asked by Jesus to put his faith into action by giving his money to the poor, the man "was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions" (Mark 10:22). He is shocked that rather than receiving congratulations for his piety, he receives an invitation that he is unwilling to accept; though his actions are faithful, his heart remains unconverted.

It is a lesson that has special significance today when Columbus' controversial "discovery" is remembered throughout the world. Columbus and the explorers, soldiers, and priests who accompanied him had the blessing of kings and popes and conquered in the name of both Spain and Christianity. And the vast majority of them, confessing Christianity, stole land, resources, and the very lives of native peoples. …

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