The Holy Gospel: September 29, 2013( Year C)

Read: Luke 16:19-31

Meditation: “What Would It Take?”

Jesus tells a story that makes perfect sense–if someone could come to us from “the other side” and tell us what it is really like, we would all snap to, order our lives acvordingly, and prepare for eternity (v 28).



Jesus said that would not work, because the problem is not insufficient revelation.  The problem is the ego’s ability to reject revelation in favor of self-interest.

Moreover, Jesus says that Moses and the prophets have spoken plainly.  For Jews, that is enough–except that the ego can reject even bonified information and exchange truth for a lie.

And finally, in prospect, Jesus speaks implicitly about his coming and his upcoming resurrection.  He has come from “the other side,” but even a living, breathing person in the midst is not enough to de-throne egotism.

Across the corridors of time, we are left with the question, “What would it take to get us to repent and align ourselves with the truth of God?”  It is a question each of us must answer, because the deficiency does not lie with God.  It lies with us.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
This entry was posted in The Holy Gospel. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to The Holy Gospel: September 29, 2013( Year C)

  1. Jim Bradshaw says:

    Very good. Thank you Dr. Steve.

Comments are closed.