Saturday, 10 October 2015

Needles and camels!

The day I have been dreading is upon us! How do I explain the gospel for this week to todays congregation?

How do I try to break this message down! "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven!"

When I was first ordained I used to joke with the people in the next village along the lines of.."Its just as well I'm preaching to you lot ...there could be a problem in the next village. "

And then I got married and went to live in the next village...

But this is still the first time that I have actually been preaching at my nearest church on this particular gospel reading ....the day has finally come...

In this beautiful place it is a joke that everyone who lives here is a millionaire. Obviously not me...but most are...or very rich anyway...so today I will gaze around at faces I know well and tell them that none of us qualifies for a place in heaven and I include myself in that statement!

This is a hard one....I might have to go back to the law of Moses again but I think the Ten Commandments are not going to help much here...

The best I have managed so far is to substitute " Do as you would be done by" in the place of all those "Shall nots"

I can exhort as much as I like but no ones going to give everything they have to the poor , not even me...so the words will have a hollow ring to them I'm afraid....

I don't like sounding either holier than thou or hypocritical so my sermon for this morning could be either very short or much too long if I try to over explain it!

Please don't feel the need to give me a solution...it will only muddy the water and anyway by the time I read it the sermon will be over!

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