28th Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Purity of Contentment"

October 14, 2018

 

 

Amos 5: 6-7; 10-15

Psalm 90: 12 – 17

Hebrews 4:14 – 16

Mark 10: 17 – 27

 

We are living in an hour where God is going to manifest Himself in a mighty way.  We are living in an age where heaven is going to be manifested on the earth just before the Lord Jesus Christ comes.  We are going to see what heaven is going to be like especially through the Church, and for this to be able to happen without really dying because of the excess glory that is around.  We need to be able to come to a relationship with God.  He must become much more important to us than the things that He is blessing us with. 

 

We have received God’s blessings.  We enjoy the blessings of God, but there must come a time when we want more of Him instead of the blessings of God.  He is not ever going to stop.  He is not ever going to slow down to pour out His blessings upon us.  Jesus Christ says, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”  It gives God delight to be able to give things to us, to be able to bless us with everything, but what God wants for us is to want Him more than what He can give to us.   When we want Him more, God can entrust us with more.

 

The Holy Scripture tells us that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just.  There is going to be a wealth transfer.  For many in the world, they have abused this, and it was never God’s intent for the wealth of the world to be able to finance the evils of the world.  What God wants is for the wealth that He has placed here to be able to flow into His kingdom.  God will transfer the wealth to those who would prove to Him that He is more important than the wealth that He will  placed in our hands.    Before our hands could possess the wealth that God is going to transfer, God must first possess our hearts. God has given Himself completely to us, but we are to give ourselves completely to Him.

 

We can say that He is our God.  God said, “I am your God.  I am giving you the right to possess Me.  You can call Me, “My God.”  Sometimes, we use this in a very flippant way saying, “Oh my God!”  but it is a very strong statement if we would say it with our heart.  Can God really say, “You are My people?”  David said, “I see the stars, I see the moon, I see your creation.  I am awed by your creation, but what is man that Your mind is full of us?”    God loves us.  God loves His creation, and He wants His creation to love Him back.   We know that God is Someone who pursues us.  He is a God who comes after us.   Jesus is portrayed as the Good Shepherd, and we know that a shepherd goes after the sheep that are astray.  He goes after us, but the pursuer also wants to be pursued. 

 

In Amos, it says, “Seek the Lord that you might live.”  In Scriptures, God tells us many times to seek Him, to pursue Him, and basically, when we do that, it delights the heart of our Father.  Many times, we are faced with a decision, “What are we going to do?”  It is like the decision of the young Solomon before he became a king.  In a dream, God comes to him, and tells him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  Solomon asked for riches, the defeat of his enemies and God gave him these things.  The young Solomon said,  “ I am still too young.  I don’t know how to govern the people. I don’t have the experience. I don’t have the savvy, the training, but You made me a king over this great people of Yours.  Give me a heart of wisdom that I might rule and govern Your people well.” 

 

Basically, the young Solomon was asking, “Lord, I want to serve You by serving Your people well.”  He wasn’t thinking about himself.  God came to him saying, “What do you want Me to give to you?”   God was so pleased with his answer saying, “Because that is what you asked for, I will give you what you asked for.  There will be no other king that will be wiser than you.  Not only that, I will give you what you did not ask for.” God can’t help Himself.  He is love and He is good. He has given of Himself to us. What God wants from us is to want Him more than the things that He is able to give to us.    

 

The gospel today tells us that nothing should really hinder us from following the Lord. “17 As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life.  Jesus was not denyingthat He was good or that He was God.  During this particular culture, good was only associated with God.  Jesus was trying to connect the man to the goodness of God.  Jesus said portions of the commandments and He also wanted the young man to think of the goodness of God and see the reason why he has been blessed with so much.  It was not so much because of his own goodness that he earned the blessings of God for Himself.   The rich young ruler at his age already made his fortune.  Normally, when people make their fortune, what do they think of?   Expand their enterprise?  Get to do what they want to do?  Buy the stuff they want to be able to buy?  Set up corporations that they would like to set up or  form a group where there would always be ever increasing income and profits.  The young ruler was rich and the world was before him, and yet, he was asking or seeking for the eternal things.   He was thinking about eternal things or spiritual things, and this is very rare for people who are already rich in the world. 

 

The book of James says, “The poor are rich in faith.”  They had no choice but to believe God.  For someone who has everything already, it now becomes a choice for the young man to seek eternal things.  He might be someone who was familiar with the laws of inheritance  and the legalities of these things.  The amazing thing was him saying, “Lord, I just don’t want to