Sermon Title: “Super-Sized”
488 Be Thou My Vision
615 Thy Kingdom Come on Bended Knee
Birthdays: Pat Commons (19)
Anniversaries: John and Joyce Kunath (18)
For the sick and those needing healing and support:
For the departed:
For people suffering from religious persecution
For people experiencing violence throughout the world
For safety and protection for all travelers
For people suffering loss from fires or floods
Next Week’s Readings (22 Pentecost):
Job 38:1-7, 34-41; Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b
Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10: 35-45
About the Readings . . .
The readings today are about human longing in the face of distress. Job cries out to know God’s mind after loss of health, wealth and family. (first reading) His search is not unlike the young man’s heart-felt appeal to Jesus in the Gospel.
The writer of our (second) reading from Hebrews assures his hearers of God’s knowledge of their need. He counsels them to appeal for aid with reliance on the mercy of their great high priest, the source of all that is right and just.
The Gospel reading views this search on the personal level as a rich young man, not without religious scruples, out of a sense of spiritual emptiness begs Jesus for knowledge of the way of righteousness. Jesus then coaches his followers as well to beware of the distraction of material things on the path to true spiritual fulfillment.