17As Jesus was setting out on a journey,
a man ran up and knelt before him,
and asked him,
what must I do to inherit everlasting life?”18Jesus said to him,
“Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
19You know the commandments:
‘You shall not murder;
You shall not commit adultery;
You shall not steal;
You shall not bear false witness;
You shall not defraud;
Honor your parents and caregivers.’”20He said to Jesus,
“Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.”21Jesus,
looking at him,
loved him and said,
“You lack one thing;
sell what you own,
and give the money to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven;
follow me.”22When the man heard this,
he was shocked
and went away grieving,
for he had many possessions.
23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it will be for those who have wealth
to enter the reign of God!”24And the disciples were perplexed at these words.
But Jesus said to them again,
how hard it is to enter the reign of God!
25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
than for someone who is rich to enter the reign of God.”26They were greatly astounded and said to one another,
“Then who can be saved?”27Jesus looked at them and said,
“For mortals it is impossible,
but not for God;
for God all things are possible.”
28Peter began to say to Jesus,
we have left everything
and followed you.”29Jesus said,
“Truly I tell you,
there is no one
who has left house or siblings or parents or children or fields,
for my sake
and for the sake of the good news,
30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—
houses, siblings, caregivers and children,
and fields with persecutions—
and in the age to come eternal life.
31But many who are first will be last,
and the last will be first.”
Queeries for the text:
Why does Jesus question his own goodness?
What does it mean for Jesus to love the man?
What does the young rich man lack?
What was the man grieving? What did he decide to do?
What does it mean for Jesus to call the disciples children?
Was Jesus really talking about a dromedary and sewing?
Who has left house, family, and fields today?
Which fields come with persecutions?
Who is last? Who is first? Why are they trading places?
What are your queeries?
I preached on this text this past weekend, so if you'd like to see a bit of the sermon that came from this queerying, check it out!