Shared Lectio Divina, 18 August 2020

Since April 2020, I have been jointly hosting a shared Lectio group on Tuesday evenings. The following are my reflections only, during the prayer session and as I wrote them up. Please see my separate commentary and leaflet for more information about shared Lectio, and here is the whole collection of reflections…

Gospel reading: Matthew 19.23–26 [27-end]

Words: but who?


The disciples have got the wrong end of the stick again, stuck in the old covenant of God’s blessing equating to acquiring riches. In the new covenant, the meek and poor in spirit are blessed, a child is greater than John the Baptist, the rich man goes to hell while the beggar at his gate goes to heaven, the first shall be last and the last shall be first.

But Jesus doesn’t answer their question with ‘the poor will be saved’. The Kingdom of God is topsy-turvy, and here again our expectations are up-ended.

Jesus answers with ‘For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’ It is an absolute. All are alike before God in this way. We have to let go of everything that is doing and being and trying to be in control and to determine our own salvation or destiny. Maybe it is easier for poor people to do this, but still everything comes back to God and God alone.

Oh, and all things are possible for God even before we die. The Kingdom of God is very near, indeed among us. (Mark 1.15; Luke 17.21).