Texts for the coming Sunday can be found here .
When I -- not the most spatially inclined person in the world -- took my stained glass class last year -- I quickly learned the importance of proper measurement; of keeping rulers and edges straight. Sloppiness, even to a small degree, can skew and distort the entire picture.
This week our texts speak to the value of "straightening up." On Sunday you may read the Deuteronomy text where the people of Israel are exhorted to internalize the Law they've been given, so that they may enjoy an abundant, peaceful life. Or you may read the Amos text where God's plumb line shows Amos' society to be askew and in need of reform. In one of our alternate Psalms God outlines how to straighten up an unjust society; in the other the Psalmist prays for wisdom and guidance. In our epistle lesson Paul expresses his hopes that the Colossian Christians may continue along the right path. And our Gospel lesson Jesus, in response to a lawyerly question about how to inherit internal life, sets God's plumb line not against one's proper observance of ritual law, but against one's demonstration of compassion and mercy.
What's your straight-up take on our texts this week? As always, here's the place to share insights, questions and plans.