Well, gals and pals, we are about half-way through the season of Lent here in my church; in yours, too? I had thought about calling this Saturday's party "angry Jesus" edition, but then I read the text again and the word "angry" doesn't enter in. I always got the impression that Jesus was angry when he drove the money-changers out of the temple. Maybe it was the whips. What do you think?
Zealous, Angry, Foolish. Unusual adjectives for Lent, but they are the ones I'm thinking about today. As I read texts both on and off lectionary, as I look at the world as it is, I realize that there is a lot to be angry about, and that, in the face of it, the gospel is a kind of foolishness.
As you travel through lent, as you prepare to preach this weekend, what adjectives come to your mind? Zealous, angry, foolish? Earnest, Powerful, Gracious, Intriguing? And what directions are your thoughts taking you? What needs to be driven out, and what needs to be invited in? What are you angry about? What are you intrigued by?
I have fair trade coffee and oatmeal with blueberries here: also English muffins. I have some orange juice too. What about you? Come and eat, come and share ideas, come and travel through Lent with me. I think we do better traveling together, don't you?