[This post is the transcript of a sermon I preached this morning at the local Anglican church I attend.]
Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 10:17-31. You can read the text here.
“Money makes the world go round”.
“Money can’t buy happiness.”
“Money isn’t everything.”
“Money doesn’t grow on trees.”
“You cannot serve both God and money.”
… and I could go on. We have a lot of sayings about money in the English language, don’t we? Only one of those I quoted is from the Bible, but in fact, the Bible contains over two thousand references to money and possessions. (By contrast, it only contains around five hundred references to prayer and a similar number of references to faith.)
Jesus tells thirty-eight parables in the gospels, and sixteen of them deal with how we handle money; in fact, according to the gospels, Jesus said far more about money than he did about heaven and hell combined.
Our gospel text today seems to be about money, but I hope to show you that it’s actually about something deeper than money – something of which money is only one example.
With that in mind, I’d like to simply walk us through the text and see what we can glean along the way, and then at the end we’ll try to pull out one or two conclusions.