Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 10-OCT-2021 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 20 – When an unnamed man of substance came running up to Jesus with a question about inheriting eternal life, Jesus shocked him by advising him to sell everything he owned and give the money to the poor. By doing so he'd gain treasure in heaven and become one of Jesus' followers. The poor fellow couldn't face it, and he left in a sorry state. What he was longing for could never be found by striving and achieving, no matter how wealthy, religious or successful he might be. It was not simply a matter of renouncing his wealth. Jesus knew that for this particular rich man, it would be the only way he would ever be able to enter into the mystery at the centre of our human quest, that which we call salvation or eternal life. Wealth can inhibit our ability to distinguish between right and wrong, and it can destroy all too quickly our moral compass. We would all do well to spend some time reflecting on what it might be that is keeping us from the experience of our deepest longings for something more. If, or when, we do this, may God give us courage and hope.
Mark 10: 17-31

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