Reflection for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
9 Oct 2021

The story of the rich young man in this week’s gospel describes how to become a disciple of Jesus. The question is significant: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” The Master recognizes that in the young man’s eyes, practicing the divine commandments is the normal and ordinary way to achieve it. But the Good News suggested by Jesus is a call to go beyond this. It is not enough to be faithful to the commandments; it is necessary to follow the very person of the Messiah. The point of the story is not to give up possessions, but to become attached to the person of Jesus Christ. The story of the rich young man is told within Jesus’ path towards His Passion. Therefore, following Christ and becoming a Christian involves a certain austerity. Jesus himself adopted a way of life for His mission: an iterant ministry, detached as much as possible from the conditions of ordinary life, from having a family and goods. In the present moment, Jesus renews this kind of calling. He says to each of us, “come and follow me.” To do this we must go beyond the minimum requirements of our Catholic faith and become disciples of the Lord.