In today’s reading, we hear about the man who ran up to Jesus as he was about to depart on a journey and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  This is the Year of Mercy. How many times have we reached out to help someone in need?  

All our possessions will not help us gain eternal life.   As Jesus told his disciples, “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.” Then who can be saved? Jesus said, “For men it is impossible but not for God. All things are possible for God.” Today let us take a moment to reach out to one another as sisters and brothers in Christ, and do some work of mercy for someone in need.

—Veronica Valandra serves as Pastoral Coordinator at Red Cloud High School, Pine Ridge, SD.  She also works with six parishes on the Pine Ridge Reservation and is a member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe.