Intersections Yr A Proper 24

Exodus 33:12-23     Psalm 99     1 Thes. 1:1-10     Matthew 22:15-22

Our lives are a series of intersections connecting and dividing us; 24x7. Each day we face decision making of large import and small, even tedious. At times the choice demanding our attention may be overwhelming such as when an aging parent may have outgrown a family’s ability to provide at home care. Other times it’s as simple as ‘what’s for dinner?’

The Carpentry WayHow do we as Christians navigate the complexities of life when our faith tells us to do one thing often through a message of the heart, while our society and government demands another?

It can feel like a losing proposition just like when Jesus is tested by the bipartisan coalition of Pharisees and Herodians, an unexpected alliance of religious and political opponents.

 

Read more: This Week's Sermon

Comfort Food

Skimming through the lectionary readings for this month, many passages struck me as tasting like comfort food.
Take for instance Isaiah 25:1-9 especially “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all people a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever.” (v.6-7) Not only drawing on metaphorical comfort food, this passage speaks to spiritual comfort and is frequently chosen as a reading for Burial Rite liturgies because it offers hope and comfort.

Philippians too speaks to the desire to “know Christ and the power of his resurrection.” (3:10) A week later the lectionary draws again on Philippians exhorting the listener to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice… The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (4:4, 6-7) The icing on the cake? Beloved Psalm 23 creates a vision of God’s banquet in the midst of life’s uncertainty and terrors.

Read more: Rector's Message

A congregation gathers on a Sunday morning. There has been a lot of preparation. The altar has been set, bulletins have been printed, the heat turned up. The choir has practiced, the children have been at Sunday School. The words of Scripture, the hymns, the sermon, the prayers have challenged and inspired. All have come to the altar rail for Christ's body and blood. The fellowship of coffee hour awaits. The Church, St. Paul said, is the body of Christ and each a member. It's true! Never perfect, filled with all sorts and characters. And yet, a beautiful living organism of God's grace.

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