Question of the Day for Tuesday, January 22, 2013
God Alone Is Good?
Q. Could you please provide me some insights on the words of Jesus as recorded in Mark 10:17-23? In particular, I would like to know how verse 18 (Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.”) can be true at the same time as the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception as proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in the 19th century. There must be a plausible explanation available from Catholic theologians as to how this verse does not erode or negate the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. Is there an explanation?
K.R., via email
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D
There is no contradiction between Jesus’ first words to this man and the fact of our Blessed Mother’s having been conceived without original sin.
Think about the circumstances of this dramatic event. Here is a rich young man seeking advice from a homeless prophet whose death was being plotted by the authorities. Notice how he came. He did not simply approach Jesus; he ran up to him. He threw himself at the feet of Jesus and asked his burning question. Obviously, he was under great emotion.
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