October 15, 2006
Opening Life Reflection
Divide the children into groups of three or four and ask them to share their answers with one another. Allow time for large group discussion. In the scriptures we find our treasure. Living in friendship with Jesus gives us all we need to live full, happy lives now and forever.
Listening to the Word of God
Read Wisdom 7:7-11.
Scripture Discussion Starters
In the gospel reading the disciples ask Jesus who can be saved. Listen to Jesus’ invitation to follow him.
Read Mark 10: 17-30.
• Who comes to Jesus asking about eternal life?
Today’s Old Testament reading begins with a prayer. It is a prayer answered by God. We hear that God was called upon and wisdom was given. In this reading the author shows us that
The gospel reading today gives us an account of a young man who chooses material things over God’s offering. The rich man comes to Jesus seeking the ultimate good, but when Jesus answers him with what he must do to be a disciple, the man goes away sad.
Jesus invited the rich man to follow him. However, the man chooses his treasures on earth instead of the treasure in heaven. Immediately the rich man pays the price of his decision and he goes away sad. His riches will never give him the fullness of life here on earth and after death that Jesus has to offer.
After witnessing the young man’s refusal to follow Jesus, the disciples begin to wonder who can be saved. Jesus responds to their question with the hopeful news that all things are possible with God.
Salvation is a work of grace and a gift from God. This reading points out that we can choose to accept the gift or walk away. Jesus offers saving words to those who seek eternal life, and the gospels pass on that same offer to all that hear God’s sacred Word in every age.
Questions for Deeper Reflection
(If you are not going to continue with the doctrinal discussion, proceed to the Gospel in Life.)
Doctrinal Discussion Starters
We believe that God’s invitation demands a response. We have the freedom to turn toward God or turn away. Because God is gracious and merciful we are given a lifetime to respond to the invitation.
While each believer makes a personal response, faith is not something we live out alone. The Church is a community that believes, and through that community faith is nourished, sustained, and expressed.
• How are you being invited to turn toward God?
The Gospel in Life
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