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Proper 23; Pentecost 22
Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28

from the book
Preaching Mark's Gospel
A Narrative Approach

Richard A. Jensen

Mark 10:17-31


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Today's text begins with the story of the man who ran to Jesus in order to ask him what he must do to inherit eternal life. This request for something to do follows immediately upon Jesus' word that the kingdom of God welcomes children. In other words, we have just heard from the lips of Jesus that the kingdom of God is to be received as a gift, received as children receive. Then comes a man who wishes to achieve the kingdom as a reward. The fundamental meaning of the gospel is at stake in these two postures. The gospel of the kingdom comes as a gift we receive! That's the point. The man who ran and knelt at Jesus' feet did not understand this. He wanted to do! He wanted to achieve! We should expect immediately that he will go away sorrowful.

In chapter 17 we examined this story in light of two similar stories in Mark's Gospel which serve ...

This Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 preaching resource, Proper 23; Pentecost 22, is based on Mark 10:17-31 and relates to Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 of Cycle of the lectionary. This preaching resource is excerpted from the book Preaching Mark's Gospel. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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