Sermon; The 21st Sunday after Pentecost: "How Hard It Will Be!"
Date: October 14, 2018
Liturgical Day: The 21st Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 23B
“How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” These words from Jesus point to a tension that many of us feel. We are commanded to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. [St. Mark 12:30] Yet it takes a lot to gain wealth, and it can take even more to maintain wealth. To what degree does our focus on wealth take our focus away from God? The disciples declare that this is hard to do — perhaps even impossible. Jesus doesn’t disagree with them, and leaves them to struggle with this. Yet he offers them a word of hope: “for God all things are possible.” As we struggle with conflicting loyalties in our lives, may the struggle lead us closer to faithfulness, and may the love of God lead us closer to peace.