Family Faith Activities – October 14 – The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

REFLECTION: What must I do to inherit eternal life?Jesus makes two requirements of the wealthy man who approaches Him. First, he must give up his possessions. Does this mean give up everything, or to hold our possessions loosely, not making them the focus of life, making Christ the focus instead?
The second requirement is the invitation, “Follow me.” Jesus very much wants this man to be His disciple. Jesus very much wants us to be His disciples, too. In reply to the disciples’ astonishment at the strictness of the standard that Jesus speaks about, they are reminded that nothing is impossible with God. Salvation is determined by our ability to rely completely upon God.
Jesus acknowledges that those who have given up everything for the sake of the Gospel will be rewarded. This reward begins now, in the new community that one will gain in this life, and will continue in the eternal age to come.

CONVERSATION: How difficult would it be for you to give something you treasure to someone else who needs it more?

PROCLAMATION/DISCUSSION: Read Mark 10:17-27
Who came to Jesus asking about eternal life?
What does Jesus tell the man to do?
Does the man do what Jesus asks?

ACTION: Set aside a day and a time to go through closets, cupboards, and drawers together. Gather any outgrown clothes or unused items that are clean and in good shape. Take them to a donation center or the André House collection box at church.

PRAYER: O God, Help us say yes to Your invitation to follow Jesus. Amen.

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