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What Makes The World Go 'round?

**Good Master what must I do to inherit eternal life?** (Mark 10:17).
Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalms 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30

Sermon Topic Eternal Life

Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Matthew 22:21


An extremely wealthy man, reflecting on his business career and the life it brought him, said,

"If you go into the business world with the idea of satisfying all your needs and wants, your greed will erect for you not a soul-satisfying empire but a cage. And you become a prisoner of the monster you yourself created. And let me tell you, it's lonely!"

Rudyard Kipling once addressed the graduating class of McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. He concluded his speech with some words of advice for the graduates ...

"Do not pay too much attention to fame, power and money," he said. "Someday you will meet a person who cares for none of these, and then you will know how poor you are."

Let's face it, we don't like to hear much talk about money in Church. Somehow we fail to see how our attitude and approach to money ties in with our religion, our spirituality, our relationship with Christ. In the "Sermon on the Mount," when Jesus says "No man can be the slave of two masters ... you cannot be the slave of both God and money," He is talking directly to us, because the temptation to serve the almighty dollar instead of Almighty God is with us constantly. Living as we do in a highly materialistic society, this is one of the big combat zones in our life.

Jesus identified a certain attitude toward money with eternal life! He told people to give up the idea that money could make them happy. He told them if they wanted to become the kind of persons God wanted them to be, they would first have to give away their money. In today's Gospel Lesson, a very wealthy young man comes to Jesus and asks, "Good Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Here was a rich man who had erected for himself not a soul-satisfying empire but a cage. He was a prisoner of the monster he himself had created. And, obviously, he was lonely for the peace of mind and heart and soul that was lacking in his life. Jesus [...]

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