As we approach Advent we begin to turn our thoughts to the end of time, to our death, and to a time when we will stand in the presence of God. We consider particularly themes to do with judgement and therefore to do with sin. And we have it seems to me a very narrow view of both.
Jesus in his words to the rich man is promoting the fact that wealth is to be shared. None of us has a right to anything. Everything we have is a gift, given by a God who provides for us generously but also makes us responsible for looking after each other.
How do we root out the things which put stumbling blocks in the way of those who would come to know Jesus? What will it take to ensure that all who are vulnerable and powerless, or who are 'other' in their illness or distress will find this sanctuary a place of truthful welcome?