“It’s impossible with human beings, but not with God.
All things are possible for God.”
Stand in the middle of your room and slowly turn around. There are likely a T.V., video games, stereos, perhaps a computer…lots of good stuff that you are very important to you. Now consider this: suppose you could have a life of peace, happiness and love, and a sense by faith of God’s presence and love, but it would mean that you would have to let go of the things that you possess. Would you be willing to let go of them? Suppose there was a very poor child in school with you who had nothing: would you be willing to give one of the things you enjoy so that he or she could have them?
This is the kind of challenge that Jesus puts to a rich man in today’s Gospel. The way of life that Jesus offers, called “The Kingdom,” is one in which the welfare and salvation of someone else is more important than your own. It means sacrifice and a willingness to let go of things, for so often these get between us and God. Is there anything in the world that is worth it, if it means that it blocks your way to God and God’s love?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
For God, all things possible v. 27
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
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