Via Negativa: Pacing the Cage — The Cage of Gluttony

By: JUBILEE! Minister Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

In our Jesus story (Mark 10:17-22), we find our guy giving us what seems to be a pretty harsh lesson on how to get out of the cage of gluttony. He’s approached by a man who kneels before him and asks, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus’ answer is one of heresy to our capitalist ears. “Sell what you own and give your money to the poor,” Jesus tells him. My how this one sentence from Jesus has sent so many modern preachers and religious folks into a tizzy. They have done everything they can to minimize the impact of this answer, especially those preacher types who fill stadiums and live in huge mansions with personal jets and vacation homes.