We want nothing but you, God; you are the greatest treasure. Do not allow us to be greedy and selfish, thinking we are important because of the things we own. Instead, let us rely completely on you and on the teaching of your son, Jesus, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:17-27
This is a reading from the Gospel of Mark.
One day a man ran up to Jesus and knelt down in front of him, and asked,
“Good teacher, what do I have to do so that I will live forever with God?”
“You know the commandments: You must not steal. You must not kill. You must not sin against your husband or wife. You must not cheat. You must not lie. Honor your mother and father.”
The man said,
“Teacher, I have always kept these commandments, ever since I was a little child.”
Jesus looked at the young man with love and said,
“There is still one thing you must do. Go and sell everything you have and give the money to the poor. God will reward you for doing this. Then come and follow me.”
When Jesus said this, the young man went away very sad, because he owned many things. Then Jesus said to the disciples,
“It is very hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. It is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
The disciples were shocked at this and asked,
“Then how is it possible for anyone to be saved and go to heaven?”
“You cannot save yourselves. God saves you. God can do all things, for nothing is impossible for God.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
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