Eternal One, whose thoughts and ways are not ours,
you alone are God, awesome, holy, and most high.
School us in the ways of faith and wisdom,
that we, like Job and Bartimeus,
may learn to truly see and hear,
and in humility find blessing. Amen.
I don't know where the week has gone, but here we are at Tuesday again, hopefully turning our minds towards Sunday's preaching task. As we close out October we also close out our reading of the book of Job, and we travel with Mark just a bit farther on the road to Jerusalem.
In this week's readings, Job responds to God's message from the whirlwind with remarkably good grace, and then gets his "fairy tale" ending as his fortunes are restored. Many have found this ending difficult -- how does it resonate with you? If you've been preaching Job, does this lead you to a satisfactory conclusion?
If you don't have the patience of Job (sorry, couldn't resist) perhaps you're tackling Jeremiah. Here in the midst of a book full of desolation and despair, the prophet offers a message of hope. How does this consolation speak to your congregation?
In our gospel we find Jesus passing through Jericho where he encounters the blind beggar Bartimeus who calls out to him, addressing him as "Son of David." Jesus rewards Bartimeus' seeing him for who he really is with the restoration of his vision. How does seeing Jesus help us better see the world around us? Lots to think about.
Working Preacher reminds me that this Sunday is also "Reformation Sunday," not something that someone like me with "Episcopal" in her DNA, would have otherwise known. (Sorry, reformed friends!) If your worship focuses on this, you might choose to preach on Romans or John. Check out David Lose's column for some helpful commentary as well as a link to last year's Reformation Sunday column.
So where is the Word calling you this week, preachers? Join the discussion and let us know what you're thinking.
Readings found here.