On this Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, we are presented with a Gospel full of many “blessings” and “woes” described by Jesus as the nature of discipleship. “Blessed are you who are poor”. In other words, “Welcome to the Kingdom. That is the program I am establishing for you in heaven”. “Woe to you who are rich” but on the other hand, you can “…sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
In this sense, if you are a rich person who follows Jesus, there are consequences. However, Pastor Eric explains that it’s not a one-time thing, but rather a journey. What it takes is prayer and perseverance and giving your riches away along that journey.
Pastor Eric referenced the lyrics of the song Desperado about a person who is lonely and hurting, and needs a word of encouragement.
“Your prison is walking through this world all alone. It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you. You’d better let someone love you…before it’s too late.”
Riches are not guaranteed, but God’s presence is. Think about that rainbow that is above you, and how abundantly rich you are in the comfort of God’s love and forgiveness.
To listen to the Gospel, sermon and the song Desperado, click the link below.