02-17-2019 Sermon - Woe To You Who Are Rich

St. Augustine once remarked, "If you believe what you like in Scripture, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Word of God you believe, but yourself." Jesus taught a lot of things that cut against the grain that I suspect many of us would be tempted to gloss right over and move on to things he said that we like. The Gospel Lesson this morning is a case in point. "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God." And, "Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation." Unless you are truly poor, I suspect his saying makes us a little uncomfortable. And I would not be surprised that many who are impoverished would struggle to realized how it is that they are blessed. So what is Jesus getting at? Who indeed are the fortunate ones? That is what I want us to struggle with in this lesson...