In the name of the God who richly provides us with everything, Amen.
The rich man in today’s Gospel story told Jesus that he had followed the Commandments all his life. What a great guy he was. Be honest, have you followed all of the Commandments all your life? Yeah, me either; especially those ones about not coveting other people’s stuff and that pesky “no lying,” commandment. But this guy had – he was pure of heart, honest and forthright and Jesus knew it. So Jesus, knowing all these things about the man challenged him by saying, “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.” And when the man heard what Jesus said, “he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.” As one of my favorite seminary professors put it: Now Jesus has gone from preaching into meddling. Jesus has laid i [...]