“Looking at his disciples, Jesus said, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who ‘have it all’ to enter God’s kingdom?”

Mark 10:23. (The Message) 

Friday, 15 October 2021

Mark 10:17-30 

Listen: Spiegel im Spiegel (Arvo Pärt) for Violin and Piano – Nadia Vasileva and Luke Faulkner

 

 

And we will open our hands
to the feast
without shame.
And we will turn
toward each other
without fear.
And we will give up
our appetite
for despair.
And we will taste
and know
of delight.

And we will become bread
for a hungering world.
And we will become drink
for those who thirst.
And the blessed
will become the blessing.
And everywhere
will be the feast.

Extract from And the table will be wide

Jan Richardson

The challenge for today’s world is to have a standard of life that all people can share. In so doing, we have to think about how our individual actions of what we consume, buy and spend our time and money on affects our nearest neighbours and those across the world. We cannot continue consuming in the same way if we want the better world we imagine or dream of. We need to integrate our personal economic practices with our spiritual values.

In the quietness of this moment, imagine you are the rich man in front of Jesus.

What would Jesus be encouraging you to do?

Would it change the way you think about money, to live with the understanding that we are abundantly provided for?

 

PRAYER OF ABUNDANCE

I know that I am cared for by an Abundant Provider. I choose to be grateful and trusting. I believe I have enough and that what I need will always be provided. I choose to be content and generous. I know that my choices matter for myself, for others and for future generations. Help me to live consciously and creatively, celebrating signs of Your new creation that is present and coming. Generous Creator, who made me to seek the greater good of Your kingdom, Guide me to use my time, talents and resources to pursue what matters most. Teach me to be free, to live without worry, fear or greed in the freedom of Your abundance. Give me daily bread, as I share with those in need. Thank you for the precious gift of life!

"Free: Spending your Time and Money on what matter most"

by Mark and Lynn Scandrette

 
Abigail Dawson

Abigail Dawson holds a Masters in Development Studies, Sociology, from the University of Witwatersrand. Her activist and academic interests have focused on migration in a South African context. She is a qualified social worker and has provided counselling for migrant women and children. She hopes to bring change to the current public and global narrative on migration through effective and creative communication, networking and advocacy to ensure equitable communities for all people living in South Africa.

abigail.dawson@jrs.net
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