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The Son Does Not Move

Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven

Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalms 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30

Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:21

Leonardo da Vinci, often called a “Universal Genius,” was one of the most diversely talented individuals to have ever lived. Though Leonardo was never a wealthy man, he was able to intimately observe the trappings of great wealth in the court of the Duke of Milan, where he lived for 16-years. During this time, as part of a treatise he was writing on painting, Leonardo offered various instructions for painters, including advice about how to lead their lives.  He urged fellow artists to avoid getting too wealthy, because as he said, ”money is celebrated only for its own sake,” and is “a magnet for envy.” Regarding priorities, Leonardo believed virtue, and not wealth was the key to happiness. In his treatise he remarked, the “glory of the virtue of mortals is far greater than that of their treasures.”

Throughout his life, da Vinci famously scribbled thousands upon thousands of observations in his private notebooks, covering a broad spectrum of topics including linear perspective, painting, anatomy, botany, weapons of war and flying machines, among many, many others. In one of his notebooks, he made the taboo observation that “the sun does not move” — a pronouncement that, had it been made public at that time could have resulted in prison, or worse. -1

In today’s Gospel Lesson we hear the familiar story of a wealthy young man who, in a manner of speaking, learns “the son does not move.” That is Jesus, the Son of Man whose never-changing, everlasting, immovable word is Truth. In our Lesson, the man kneels before the Lord Jesus in the hope of receiving the guidance from the Lord he is so desperately seeking. The young man's spirit is clearly troubled. He possesses great wealth, but he is unhappy. In this troubled state, he says to Jesus, "Good Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answers, "You know the commandments: You must not kill. You Must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not bring false witness. You must not defraud. Honor your father and mother" (Mk.10:17,19). “Master,” the rich young man protests, [...]


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