Eye of the Needle, © Mark Hewitt 2015
Today’s scripture I always find challenging. Certainly at a literal level part of it is about things or stuff. Looking below the literal level, what truth is there for us today? This is not about dumping on those rich with money or romanticising those who are poor financially. That itself raises questions about what it means to be rich & for that matter poor.
There are broader understandings to be had
Let go of anything that might be in between oneself & God. It could be stuff or privileges, attitudes, values or beliefs that get in the way of your following Jesus’ way.
What comes to your mind?
And then, invest in those who have need. There is plenty of need out there. Our investment can also be in time, energy, love.
Again what comes to your mind. How do you or how can you invest in those with need
Mark 10:17-31 (NRSV)
As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ’ He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another,‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’
Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’
God of life,
you call us to give of ourselves to you
and to work towards your realm on Earth.
Sometimes, we cannot imagine your possibilities. Sometimes, we value our possessions
more than we value your love and your promises. Sometimes, we do not want to give up anything. Please help us to find our way towards
living more faithfully as your followers.
Challenge us to be willing to risk ourselves.
Show us what we need to give up
to be closer to you. Amen.
-©Seasons of the Spirit 2018