So sorry for this late post. Pastoral life got in the way today. This morning at my lectionary discussion group we were all about the lepers. That seemed to be the prevalent passage for some of us from among this week's texts.
I am trying to jump-start the Stewardship emphasis this coming Sunday, and I think that this passage might just work out well. A friend was taking about the "power of ten". What would it have been like if all ten lepers would have been thanking Jesus and openly displaying gratitude for the blessing of wholeness? Isn't that what our stewardship is about?
Hmm...good thought to chew on a while. I think if I went that direction, a great sermon title would be "Would It Kill You To Send A Thank-You Note?"
I'm thinking abut the real-life implications of healing on those ten, and wondering what it must have been like for them to return to society as if nothing had happened, when clearly they had been dramatically transformed. So often we take church community for granted, returning to our ordinary life on Monday (or even Sunday afternoon) acting as though we hadn't been in the presence of the Holy in Sunday worship.
Hmm...another thought to chew on. No catchy sermon title yet.
What are you chewing on this week?