“What profit is there for someone to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?" (Luke 9:25).
“Your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you” (Matt 6:18).
“We have given up everything and followed you” (Mark 10:28).
Mike Royko, longtime Chicago humor columnist (d. 1997), devoted much of his work to the antics of Chicago politics, which was then riddled with nepotism, cronyism, patronage, voter fraud and under the table deal making. This was his artist’s canvas for the study of human nature, both noble and despicable, in the universal game of survival. Royko once suggested the Latin saying Ubi est mea? (Where’s mine?”) as the official motto on the city seal.
"Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven" (Mark 10:21).
“Look at the birds of the air…” (Matt 6:27).
A study was done on what most people worry about, and in general the results revealed that the vast majority of concerns people fret about they also have no control over. We worry about future unknowns, past mistakes, the safety of our families, possible health crises, natural disasters. While it is clear that people need to plan, take reasonable steps to avoid problems, stay safe, monitor their health, etc., too much energy devoted to worry keeps us from welcoming each day as it comes and using its opportunities and gifts fully and with joy.
“The Lord is kind and merciful” (Psalm 103).
“Keep salt in yourselves and you will be at peace with one another” (Mark 9:50).
"Whoever is not against us is for us" (Mark 9:40).
In a few sentences, Jesus lays down the basis for collaboration that might have prevented a long, violent history of religious wars, sectarian squabbling and inter-communion competition. "Anyone one who is not against you is for you." Anyone who is working to achieve the same goals you have is your ally, not your enemy. Find common ground. Work together.
“If anyone wishes to be first, he or she shall be the last of all and the servant of all” (Mark 9:36).
"I do believe, help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:25).
Today's dramatic healing of the possessed boy illustrates well Mark's understanding of how the advance of God's kingdom requires openness and trust on our part.