Sermon Title: “A Tough Question”
450 All Hail the Power of Jesus
352 O God, to those who here profess
480 When Jesus left his Father’s Throne
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 (21 Pentecost):
Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15
Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10: 17-31
About the Readings . . .
The readings today are about the human longing for fulfillment in the face of deep need. Job cries out for God’s justice after being subjected to disease and loss. (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 righteousness.
The Gospel reading takes this search to the personal level as a rich young man, not without religious scruples, understands his spiritual emptiness and begs Jesus for knowledge of the way of righteousness. Jesus then coaches his follower as well to beware of the distraction of material things on the path to true spiritual fulfillment.