Between the Lines: Pentecost 20: October 14, 2012

Text: Mark 10:17-31

WEALTH IN THE USA

“You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

Reread the first paragraph of today’s text.  Spend a little time thinking of all the ways you are rich. Take some paper, some art supplies, and express all the ways you are rich, blessed, prosperous, having many possessions.  Take perhaps five minutes to do this.

Sit with your “treasures” a bit.  Sense its power in your life.  If possible, put on a recording of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.”  Stand up; pick up your paper and walk away holding it, grieving.  As you walk, consider selling or giving away your “treasure.”  Let it walk with you.

Either do that, or do not do it.  As the music ends, consider what you know now that you didn’t know before – about yourself, about your riches, about your god.

– Beth Harrison


“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. BibleWorkbench includes a series of open-ended questions focused on a reading in the Common Lectionary aimed at drawing readers into the story and making connections with the world around them and the world within. Also included are “Between the Lines” reflections, Parallel Readings from literature, poetry, and the news, and Critical Background on the text and its setting. For details and subscription information, go to www.educationalcenter.org.
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