I remember the first time I heard this reading. I was in a wealth Washington DC Episcopal church. I was in grad school. I was struck by the strangeness of story and the unfamiliar term “mammon”. I spent weeks trying to understand what Jesus was saying. I’m not sure that I ever worked it out.
Years later, in 2008 as Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix during the market collapse and the subsequent regional depression, I finally understood. I watched the way that the managers and the laborers responded to the financial crisis. And I began to see the deeper point Jesus was making. It’s not simply about the afterlife and getting someone to speak up for you before the judgement-seat, it’s also about how to survive in a world when nothing is guaranteed.
I talk about what I saw and what I learned in the sermon this week. I hope you find it interesting and perhaps useful.
The direct like to the video is found here.
Great seeing you today at St. Ann’s and great sermon too. Very thought provoking! Sorry we couldn’t stay for brunch. See you soon. God bless.