Lectionary texts for this coming Sunday can be found here .
Are you suffering from the heartbreak of Schmutz and clutter in your soul? Hard to find God in the middle of all that? Our lessons provide, in their own ways, some "Scrub...rinse...repeat."
Our Old Testament lesson gives us some basic housekeeping rules for maintaining a decent, balanced life -- for loving God and loving our neighbor. So easy -- yet so hard. So...is the Law a good thing or a bad thing? Anyone planning on tackling that topic on Sunday?
Our Psalm extols the virtues of the Law, putting it on par with the rest of the created order. Again -- especially for those of us who grew up with a mostly negatively skewed concept of "uses of the Law" -- what does this say to us?
In our epistle lesson, Paul is doing some housekeeping of his own, scrubbing at human expectations of how God should be operating in the world, and instead pointing to the folly, the ridiculousness, of the Cross as the ultimate wisdom of God.
And of course in our Gospels Jesus sweeps out the Temple, where the originally pious act of moneychanging -- ensuring that the faithful's gifts were ritually clean -- had developed a life of its own, one that created barriers to true worship. Are there any areas of Christian life today that need this kind of extreme makeover because they're messing up our house and making it hard for us to be good hosts and guides for people being led into a new or renewed relationship with God?
The fact that I'm writing this in between scrubbing down my bathroom and carpet-cleaning the "front parlor" may be playing into my own thematic framework for our lessons. Maybe you're going in a whole 'nother direction. Wherever you feel you're headed with the texts, let us know what you're thinking as you prepare for Sunday!