Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Day 25
Mark 10:13-31 (NRSV)
Jesus seems to have it backwards again.
Children over the rich?
In that day, people were seen as rich because they had earned God's favor.
When Jesus declares the difficulty of the rich to enter heaven, this was a head scratcher for sure. It was more of a given that the rich would naturally enter heaven.
If we look at some of the commandments Jesus lifts up, the man is proud to share that he has kept them all. However, there is one of the ten that Jesus didn't mention: idolatry.
It is almost as if Jesus is wondering, "Do you really keep all of these? Let's see if you have any gods before the one true God." He asks him to give all of his things away and then to come and be a disciple.
He couldn't do it.
We get so attached to our things!
|This life and death struggle over treasure is more a part|
of our lives than we would like to admit.
I think this story in particular makes us nervous because we may wonder, "what if that had been me? What would I have done?"
What should we do today?
Prayer from Ted Loder:
O Eternal One,
it would be easier for me to pray
if I were clear
and of a single mind and pure heart,
if I could be done hiding from myself
and from you, even in my prayers.
But I am who I am,
mixture of motives and excuses,
blur of memories
quiver of hopes,
knot of fear,
tangle of confusion,
and restless with love
Come, find me, Lord.
Be with me exactly as I am.
Help me find me, Lord.
Help me accept what I am
so I can begin to be yours. Amen.
Prayer by Ted Loder from Guerrillas of Grace.
Picture, "Who Shall Be Captain?" by Howard Pyle [Public domain] 1911, via Wikimedia Commons