Picture 18

It Could Have Gone This Way

And the rich young ruler asked Jesus, “Teacher, what must I do to be saved?”  And Jesus said, “Sell all you have, give it to the poor, and come, follow me.”  And the rich young ruler did as Jesus commanded, investing his wealth in subversive ways.  He built up the broken, brought the poor to great feasts, honored the old and the sick and the gay in the synagogue and in public.  And the Roman authorities arrested him as a political radical, a disturber of peace and he said unto them “You have said we disrupt the peace.  But lo, we are making it.”  And the Romans, ashamed at this disgrace, beat him and kept him in custody.  His friends, the poor and the weary and weak, remembered the vision Jesus had given him.  And they continued in that way, and all were built up, and lo, none were cast aside or turned away.

(Mark 10 re-imagined).

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