"Let Go of the Stones You Carry"

Proper 23.B.21
Mark 10:17-31
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

There is a folktale whose story is located in the confines of the desert amid barren and almost inaccessible rocks. There, we are told, lived a hermit. The hermit’s life was one of austerity and devotion. A cave in the rock was his dwelling. Roots and fruits, the scanty products of the sterile region he inhabited, satisfied his hunger, and the fountain that bubbled up from the lower part of a neighboring cliff slaked his thirst.