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A Fool For Christ

How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God
Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

Sermon Topic Riches

Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:23


Jesus comes at the subject of money in two ways. We might call these the "negative" and "positive" ways or, perhaps, "warning" and "opportunity." On the negative side, Jesus warns us that money and possessions can destroy us. There are at least fifteen passages in the Bible in which Jesus does this.

In today's Gospel Lesson, for example, He tells a rich man that "to share in everlasting life" he must go a step beyond mere obedience to the Law. "Jesus looked at him with love and said, 'Go and sell what you have and give to the poor; you will then have treasure in heaven'" (Mk.l0:21). Jesus then looked around and said to His disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!" (Mk.l0:23). The disciples were amazed, because in their time the sign of riches was a sign of God's favor: you are a favored people because you are so rich. But Jesus was saying just the opposite: the rich people are the ones with the problem. The disciples were amazed and so He said it again, "My sons, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God!" (Mk.l0:25). But they just couldn't accept it. And neither can we modern Christians, because for a long time we've been trying desperately to find a way out of it.

The "Needle's Eye" is the name of a little gate which stands next to the big gate in the wall of the City of Jerusalem. After the big gate is closed for the night, a camel can get down on its knees and squeeze through the little gate. Some modern Christians are fond of citing this piece of information as proof that Jesus' warning had nothing to do with a camel trying to go through the eye of a real needle and, therefore, He wasn't really being all that hard on rich people. There is still another rationalization that applied to certain [...]

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