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Warning And Opportunity

Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

Sermon Topic Money

Sermon Week Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:17


Three persons were standing at the gates of heaven seeking admission: two men and one woman. "I would like to come in," one of the men said to St. Peter. "All in good time," Peter replied. "First I must give you a small test. How do you spell 'God'?" the man immediately replied, "God, G-O-D, God." "Very good," said Peter, "you may come in." Then the second man said, "I'd like to come in." Again Peter said, "All in good time. First I must give you a small test. How do you spell 'God'?" Without hesitation the second man said, "God, G-O-D, God?" "Very good," said Peter, "you may come in." Then the woman asked to be admitted. "All in good time," said Peter, "but first I must give you a small test." "Oh come now, Peter," she said, "I've had it rough all my life. Just because I'm a woman I've had to fight for every promotion I've ever gotten. I've had to take lower pay than men for doing the same job. I've been continually harassed at work by male chauvinist bosses. And now you are giving me a hard time." "But it's just a small test," Peter replied. "Spell 'Czechoslovakia.'"

In today's Gospel Lesson, a young man runs up to Jesus, kneels before Him and asks, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life!" (Mk. 10:17). And Jesus puts Him to the test we all fail to one degree or another. Jesus tells the young man that if he really wants to enter into the experience of eternal life he must first sell all that he possesses and give the money to the poor. Hearing this, the young man's "countenance fell and he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions" (Mk. 10:22). He had failed the test.

This brings to mind the story of a Hollywood movie set which was built near the edge of a busy highway. The set was a remarkable reproduction of a real gasoline station. There were pumps and service bays and all the rest. It was so realistic that [...]

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