Perplexing. Scripture, reflection and prayer.
Mark 10:23-27 "Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is[a] to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” "
Reflection. This passage comes directly after a man turning away from Jesus when Jesus asks him to give up his wealth and follow. That passage is often entitled "The Rich Man." So, that's all right then. It does not apply to us! Or does it?
"How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!" Compared with so much of the world we are incredibly rich. And today we hear of price rises on our utility bills, price rises in shops, and price rises in fuel costs for our cars. How do we square the circle of our own 'riches' with knowing many around us will be deeply concerned as we face higher bills and winter?
Firstly, let's not be inward looking and do too much navel gazing. Contrary to the common wisdom, charity does not begin at home. We are called surely to look outwards to the needs of others. Secondly, remember that most of us have food and shelter and friends around us.
Thirdly, let's remember that 'for God all things are possible.' And, spend times giving thanks. Focus our thoughts on Jesus.
Prayer. Lord Jesus, may we see you in those around us. Thank you that you make all things possible. Oh, and thank you for hearth and home. Amen.