Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Week 23 in Ordinary Time

& archive, Year B.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You call us to come
To be with you,
And to learn trust, faith.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear your voice.
Help me to follow you in all of life,
To walk in the joy and freedom of the resurrection,
Indwelt and led by your Pentecost Spirit.

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Week 23 in Ordinary Time

We are on the road with Jesus and his followers, walking south from Capernaum and
the Sea of Galilee towards Jerusalem. A man runs up to Jesus and kneels before him, asking: “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Mark invites us to listen in on the conversation Jesus has with this man, and then with his disciples, as we enter the narrative in Mark 10:17-31.

Being good, and entering into eternal life are not something that we can do or earn. But there are things which hold us captive and prevent us from entering the gracious rule of God, the Kingdom.

Read the narrative slowly, prayerfully. Allow yourself to be present as Jesus engages the questions the young man and his followers bring. Listen to his replies.

What questions do you desire to bring to Jesus? Notice his loving gaze as he replies to you. Listen to what he says, and what his invitation is to you.

Prayer before reading:
Lord Jesus Christ,
You come to us
In the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Help me to be present to you –
To be with you,
To listen —
With the ears of my heart.
Lead me in your Way.


Season of Pentecost: Week 22 (in ordinary time)

  • 10/8 Monday: Mark 10:17-22
  • 10/9 Tuesday: Mark 10:23-31
  • 10/10 Wednesday: Psalm 90:12-17
  • 10/11 Thursday: Amos 5:6-7,10-15
  • 10/12 Friday: Hebrews 4:12-16
  • 10/13 Saturday: Mark 10:17-22
  • 10/14 Sunday: Mark 10:23-31