Jesus teaches that it’s difficult to get into the Kingdom of God.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” Mark 10:23-25
Jesus, who invites everyone to the table at the feast in the Kingdom of God, is throwing something else into the picture. Yes, everyone is welcome. But to get a seat at the table requires humility, generosity and grace. It’s always those on the margins that Jesus wants to include. People who are on the outside. People who don’t have a lot of stuff, status, privilege, or hope.
We, who in this time and place, have much. How do we get to the table when we so often let our stuff, status and privilege get in the way of our relationship with God and others? By grace, humility and generosity.
Like humility, generosity comes from seeing that everything we have and everything we accomplish comes from God’s grace and God’s love for us… Certainly it is from experiencing this generosity of God and the generosity of those in our life that we learn gratitude and to be generous to others.”Desmond Tutu
This past Thursday, Oct. 7, was Bishop Desmond Tutu’s 90th birthday. He helps us to understand this teaching of Jesus. Through the grace of God we are welcomed to the table and that grace helps us to become humble and generous and not let our “stuff” get in the way.
We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 10:00 am MDT in-person at RCHS or via the stream as we worship and praise God and give thanks for grace.
Grace be with you,