Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Lectionary Leanings - Life questions edition
Texts for the week are here
I've just come in from taking the funeral for a lady of 96 years, who apparently had a problem holding on to presents...Whenever she received one, she enjoyed it for a while but quickly passed it on to the next person whom she imagined might be in need. She'd clearly mastered the art of sitting light to material goods, of jettisoning the excess baggage that prevented camels from getting through the Needle's Eye Gate in old Jerusalem.
Except - hang on - didn't someone tell me at Greenbelt a year or two ago that there WAS no such gate? That all our comfortable accommodations with the text are actually based on a myth...That's a hard thing to preach, as I sit working on my computer (one of several in the house), in my comfortable, spacious vicarage, surrounded by all the things that I own just for the pleasure of it,rather than because they are needed.
I'm right with the young man - I have so many things I value, things that I'd struggle to let go of...I'm not sure if I'll have the courage to preach on the gospel text this week. I'd feel myself neatly boned and filletted, my own inconsistencies exposed by the two edged sword of Scripture.
But what comes across in both Old Testament and Gospel this week is that need to focus
"Seek the Lord and live...Seek good and not evil, that you may live..."
"What must I do to inherit eternal life?"
One question...the most important of all...
The question I'd like my congregation to ponder comes by way of a supplementary...
What do YOU need to do to make this real..?
In the wake of Harvest gratefulness last weekend this is the way my thoughts are tending...though I might yet go with an exploration of how we read Scripture, and what we expect of it, what we allow it to do with us...The Book that Reads Me...hmmmn...
What about you?