Good morning! We have made it to the third Sunday of our journey. Next Sunday is when the season of Advent officially begins and we will delve even more into what it means to wait and journey through the season. Thank you for jumping on board early! I have found this to be a meaningful exercise.
Sundays are a bit different since we depart from the daily lectionary and my time is short in the morning.Today at the CoOp we are talking about what it means to be wealthy….
Today’s scripture: Matthew 19:16-26 (The Message)
Another day, a man stopped Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”Jesus said, “Why do you question me about what’s good? God is the One who is good. If you want to enter the life of God, just do what he tells you.” The man asked, “What in particular?”
Jesus said, “Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself.” The young man said, “I’ve done all that. What’s left?” “If you want to give it all you’ve got,” Jesus replied, “go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.” That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crestfallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn’t bear to let go. As he watched him go, Jesus told his disciples, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for the rich to enter God’s kingdom? Let me tell you, it’s easier to gallop a camel through a needle’s eye than for the rich to enter God’s kingdom.” The disciples were staggered. “Then who has any chance at all?” Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.”
This morning I will just ask a few questions…..
What would be your stumbling block, as far as possessions go, to follow Jesus?
Where are you wealthy?
What community holds you accountable to these questions?
Let’s just spend some time in that. We aren’t that much different. We still have a complicated relationship with wealth. What chance do we have?
Ok…must run! Peace to you this Sunday!