A rich young man comes to Jesus seeking to inherit eternal life. He considers himself a good Jew, keeping all the commandments, following all the laws – some might call him self-righteous. Jesus loves him, and tells him to sell all he has, give the money to the poor, and then come and follow him. The young man goes away sad, because he has many possessions. (Read it all here: Mark 10:17-31)
Why was he sad? First guess might be because he didn’t want to give up what he had, preferring to keep it all, maybe give just a little bit away. But what if he was sad for a different reason. What if he was sad because he realized how much he had, and how long and what a major task it would be to rid himself of everything he owned?
Archbishop Desmond Tutu often spoke about the guilt that many Americans seem to havebecause they have so much. He would laugh and say in his marvelous, lilting voice, “Don’t feel guilty! Just use it well in service to God’s people!”
We are in the midst of our annual financial stewardship time at St Thomas Church. Pledge cards will soon be available in the gallery at the church – watch for yours, along with some helpful insights about how and why our commitment to St Thomas Church makes such a difference. Andbe sure to catch Daniela Johnson’s presentation on Sunday at the 10:00 service!
Some questions for reflection:
Do you consider yourself rich?
Make a list of all the ways that you are rich.
What events or memories mark your journey of giving?
Let us pray:
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,