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October 8, 2018

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Saint Paul explains that the Gospel he preaches is the true Gospel because it is not of human origin, but a revelation of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel, Jesus uses the parable of the Good Samaritan to demonstrate what it means to love one’s neighbour.

To gain eternal life we must love our neighbour, and Jesus helps us understand what that means.

It is written in the law that we are to love God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind. We are also commend to love our neighbour as ourselves. But what does that mean? What might that look like? Jesus’ parables and life help us understand the answers to those question. Let us pray for those in need of food or shelter, may the lord grant them relief and hope. Amen.

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 461

Reading 1 Gal 1:6-12

Brothers and sisters:
I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking
the one who called you by the grace of Christ
for a different gospel (not that there is another).
But there are some who are disturbing you
and wish to pervert the Gospel of Christ.
But even if we or an angel from heaven
should preach to you a gospel
other than the one that we preached to you,
let that one be accursed!
As we have said before, and now I say again,
if anyone preaches to you a gospel
other than the one that you received,
let that one be accursed!

Am I now currying favor with human beings or God?
Or am I seeking to please people?
If I were still trying to please people,
I would not be a slave of Christ.

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it,
but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 111:1b-2, 7-8, 9 and 10c

  1. (5) The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
    in the company and assembly of the just.
    Great are the works of the LORD,
    exquisite in all their delights.
    R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    sure are all his precepts,
    Reliable forever and ever,
    wrought in truth and equity.
    R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He has sent deliverance to his people;
    he has ratified his covenant forever;
    holy and awesome is his name.
    His praise endures forever.
    R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 13:34

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I give you a new commandment:
    love one another as I have loved you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 10:25-37

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?
How do you read it?”
He said in reply,
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.”
He replied to him, “You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,
“And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied,
“A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
‘Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.’
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

October 9, 2018

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Memorial of Saint Denis bishop, and Companions martyrs;
Saint John Leonardi, Priest.

In the first reading , Saint Paul tells the Galatians his conversion story: after encountering Jesus, he turned from persecuting Christian to being a misionary for Christ. In the Gospel, Jesus reminds Martha that her sister Mary  recognized the importance to listening to him rather than getting lost in the bysyness of everyday life.

Let us not only welcome Jesus, but take time to listen to him.

How does an encounter with Jesus change us? Do we take the time to let Jesus speak to us? Martha welcomes Jesus into her home, but then she becomes preoccupied with being to Jesus. Perhaps if we imitate Mary, and Saint Paul when he encoutered Jesus, we willl make room for God to do great things throught us. Let us pray for all members of the Church, may we witness to God’s love in all that we do. Amen.

Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 462

Reading 1 Gal 1:13-24

Brothers and sisters:
You heard of my former way of life in Judaism,
how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measure
and tried to destroy it,
and progressed in Judaism
beyond many of my contemporaries among my race,
since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.
But when he, who from my mother’s womb had set me apart
and called me through his grace,
was pleased to reveal his Son to me,
so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles,
I did not immediately consult flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem
to those who were Apostles before me;
rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus.

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to confer with Cephas
and remained with him for fifteen days.
But I did not see any other of the Apostles,
only James the brother of the Lord.
(As to what I am writing to you, behold,
before God, I am not lying.)
Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
And I was unknown personally to the churches of Judea
that are in Christ;
they only kept hearing that “the one who once was persecuting us
is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”
So they glorified God because of me.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15

  1. (24b) Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
    O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
    you know when I sit and when I stand;
    you understand my thoughts from afar.
    My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
    with all my ways you are familiar.
    R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
    Truly you have formed my inmost being;
    you knit me in my mother’s womb.
    I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
    wonderful are your works.
    R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
    My soul also you knew full well;
    nor was my frame unknown to you
    When I was made in secret,
    when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.
    R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

Alleluia Lk 11:28

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are those who hear the word of God
    and observe it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”

 

October 10, 2018

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Paul rebukes Peter in the First reading for his hypocrisy in treating Jewish and Gentiles Christians unevenly. In the Gospel, Jesus presents the lord’s Prayer in response to being asked how we are to pray.

Jesus teaches us how to pray.

Jesus provides a simple, yet also challenging, way of praying when he gives us the Lord’s Prayer. We would do well to meditate on these words and ponder how this prayer addresses our every need – how it is relevant to our own life each day. Let us pray for that the Holy Spirit may bless the work of those who serve the Church in ministry. Amen.

Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 463

Reading 1 Gal 2:1-2, 7-14

Brothers and sisters:
After fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas,
taking Titus along also.
I went up in accord with a revelation,
and I presented to them the Gospel that I preach to the Gentiles–
but privately to those of repute–
so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain.
On the contrary,
when they saw that I had been entrusted with the Gospel to the uncircumcised,
just as Peter to the circumcised,
for the one who worked in Peter for an apostolate to the circumcised
worked also in me for the Gentiles,
and when they recognized the grace bestowed upon me,
James and Cephas and John,
who were reputed to be pillars,
gave me and Barnabas their right hands in partnership,
that we should go to the Gentiles
and they to the circumcised.
Only, we were to be mindful of the poor,
which is the very thing I was eager to do.

And when Cephas came to Antioch,
I opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong.
For, until some people came from James,
he used to eat with the Gentiles;
but when they came, he began to draw back and separated himself,
because he was afraid of the circumcised.
And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him,
with the result that even Barnabas
was carried away by their hypocrisy.
But when I saw that they were not on the right road
in line with the truth of the Gospel,
I said to Cephas in front of all,
“If you, though a Jew,
are living like a Gentile and not like a Jew,
how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 117:1bc, 2

  1. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
    Praise the LORD, all you nations,
    glorify him, all you peoples!
    R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
    For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
    and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
    R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.

Alleluia Rom 8:15bc

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You have received a spirit of adoption as sons
    through which we cry: Abba! Father!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”

 

October 11, 2018

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Memorial of Saint John XXIII, pope

Saint Paul is upset with the Galatians’ lack of understading of their newfound faith. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches us about perseverence and the importance of prayer.

Persevere in prayer

Believing God actually takes the time to listen to our prayers is difficult for us at times to believe. It takes perseverence. It is especially difficult when we don’t think he is answering us. The truth is that sometimes we just don’t like his answer. Let us pray for those facing adversity, may their faith in God and their perseverence in prayer bring them consolation. Amen.

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 464

Reading 1 Gal 3:1-5

O stupid Galatians!
Who has bewitched you,
before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
I want to learn only this from you:
did you receive the Spirit from works of the law,
or from faith in what you heard?
Are you so stupid?
After beginning with the Spirit,
are you now ending with the flesh?
Did you experience so many things in vain?–
if indeed it was in vain.
Does, then, the one who supplies the Spirit to you
and works mighty deeds among you
do so from works of the law
or from faith in what you heard?

Responsorial Psalm Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75

  1. (68) Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
    He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
    born of the house of his servant David.
    R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
    Through his holy prophets he promised of old
    that he would save us from our enemies,
    from the hands of all who hate us.
    R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
    He promised to show mercy to our fathers
    and to remember his holy covenant.
    R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
    This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
    to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
    free to worship him without fear,
    holy and righteous in his sight
    all the days of our life.
    R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; He has come to his people.

Alleluia See Acts 16:14b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Open our hearts, O Lord,
    to listen to the words of your Son.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 11:5-13

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?”

 

October 12, 2018

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In today’s reading, Paul tells the Galatians they will receive the promise of the Spirit through faith – not dependence on the law. The Gospel describes the crowd’s reactions after Jesus derives a demon from a mute person. Jesus demonstrates he is stronger than evil, but warns against the return of unclean spirits.

The blessing of Abraham is bestowed on us through faith.

As Christians, we are the descendants of Abraham and inheritors of the promises made to him. We are truly children of Abraham if we havev faith in these promises, and recognize the One – Jesus – who came to fulfill the law and extend God’s blessings to all. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever, the psalmist tells us. May we honor it by our love for and faith in God. Let us pray for all members of the Church, may God’s great love for us inspires to serve others with love and humility. Amen.

Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 465

Reading 1 Gal 3:7-14

Brothers and sisters:
Realize that it is those who have faith
who are children of Abraham.
Scripture, which saw in advance that God
would justify the Gentiles by faith,
foretold the good news to Abraham, saying,
Through you shall all the nations be blessed.
Consequently, those who have faith are blessed
along with Abraham who had faith.
For all who depend on works of the law are under a curse;
for it is written, Cursed be everyone
who does not persevere in doing all the things
written in the book of the law.

And that no one is justified before God by the law is clear,
for the one who is righteous by faith will live.
But the law does not depend on faith;
rather, the one who does these things will live by them.
Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us,
for it is written, Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree,
that the blessing of Abraham might be extended
to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus,
so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6

  1. (5) The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
    I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
    in the company and assembly of the just.
    Great are the works of the LORD,
    exquisite in all their delights.
    R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
    Majesty and glory are his work,
    and his justice endures forever.
    He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
    gracious and merciful is the LORD.
    R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
    He has given food to those who fear him;
    he will forever be mindful of his covenant.
    He has made known to his people the power of his works,
    giving them the inheritance of the nations.
    R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.

Alleluia Jn 12:31b-32

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The prince of this world will now be cast out,
    and when I am lifted up from the earth
    I will draw all to myself, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 11:15-26

When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said:
“By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons,
he drives out demons.”
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house.
And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?
For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul,
by whom do your own people drive them out?
Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons,
then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,
his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him,
he takes away the armor on which he relied
and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone,
it roams through arid regions searching for rest
but, finding none, it says,
‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’
But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order.
Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits
more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there,
and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”

 

October 13, 2018

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Saturday in honor of BVM
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Saint Paul tells the Galatians that through faith they are all children of God in Jesus Christ. In the Gospel, Jesus redefines for the crowd what it means to be blessed.

Believing in God’s word brings blessings to the faithful.

We are honored to be able to hear and read the Word of God each day. Because of that privilege, we have the opportunity to obey his word and grow closer to him. Let us pray for the poor and the rejected, may we be transformed in Christ’s love through prayer and good works. Amen.

Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 466

Reading 1 Gal 3:22-29

Brothers and sisters:
Scripture confined all things under the power of sin,
that through faith in Jesus Christ
the promise might be given to those who believe.

Before faith came, we were held in custody under law,
confined for the faith that was to be revealed.
Consequently, the law was our disciplinarian for Christ,
that we might be justified by faith.
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian.
For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free person,
there is not male and female;
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants,
heirs according to the promise.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

  1. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Sing to him, sing his praise,
    proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
    Glory in his holy name;
    rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Look to the LORD in his strength;
    seek to serve him constantly.
    Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
    his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
    sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
    He, the LORD, is our God;
    throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Lk 11:28

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are those who hear the word of God
    and observe it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 11:27-28

While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed.”
He replied, “Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.”

 

October 14, 2018

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In the Book of Wisdom, Solomon sees beyond the beauties and attractions of this world and chooses the eternal values of wisdom and prudence. In the second reading, we learn of the keen edge of the word of God. In the Gospel, a rich young man is hampered by his wealth from responding to the call to follow Jesus.

God offers us the perspective of eternity

In a secular world, so many people today have a limited perspective, valuing and pursuing what they see before their eyes and what benefits them in this current life. God calls us, as followers of Jesus, to take the longer view – to pursue eternal values, trusting that God will also give us what we need here and now. Let us pray for farmers everywhere, that God would bless them with enough sun and rain to produce an abundant harvest. Amen.

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 143

Reading 1 Wis 7:7-11

I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,
and I chose to have her rather than the light,
because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
Yet all good things together came to me in her company,
and countless riches at her hands.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

  1. (14) Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
    Teach us to number our days aright,
    that we may gain wisdom of heart.
    Return, O LORD! How long?
    Have pity on your servants!
    R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
    Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
    that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
    Make us glad, for the days when you afflicted us,
    for the years when we saw evil.
    R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
    Let your work be seen by your servants
    and your glory by their children;
    and may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
    prosper the work of our hands for us!
    Prosper the work of our hands!
    R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!

Reading 2 Heb 4:12-13

Brothers and sisters:
Indeed the word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.

Alleluia Mt 5:3

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 10:17-30

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother.”

He replied and said to him,
“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
“Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”
Peter began to say to him,
“We have given up everything and followed you.”
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.”

or MK 10:17-27

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother.”

He replied and said to him,
“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
“Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”