This Sunday, October 11, 2009, the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, we will be reading a tragic story about a rich young man. You can find the text here.
Kneeling before Jesus, earnestly trying to find the magic secret for eternal life…Jesus looks upon the young man and loves him. Loves him so much that he tells that rich young man the truth. The truth that life does not begin or end with possessions. Nor with obedient external morality. Rather, life begins and ends with a radical trust in the Creator. The young man is shocked, and goes away grieving.
And we never knew if that rich young man followed through with Jesus’ calling or not.
With mortals [salvation] is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible. Amen.