Someone said casually to me the other day, "I'm looking forward to your Father's Day sermon this week." I wish. Really. Now, as Sunday approaches, I am beginning to wish I actually was preaching a sermon with a Father's Day theme. Little as I personally know about fatherhood, still, I could probably work it out.
I wish I knew very little about women offering gifts that are unwanted, not needed, misunderstood, misinterpreted, discounted, plagiarized, pushed aside, and -- at times -- walked out on and rejected outright. I wish. Alas . . .
Surely, there are things going on in this Luke story besides the smack-down of the woman.
What do you hear?
What if the gifts could talk?
How unusual that there are women named in this scripture, and not so unusual that no women's voices are recorded.
So . . . let's talk! Your voice is welcome here as are your various gifts. Share stories, children's ideas, prayer requests, and sermon starters. If you are stuck, 'fess up! We are here for you.
If you are a new-ish RevGal, please speak out and let us know you are here. We want to hear from you!
The coffee pot is always full of deliciousness that is hot and Fair Trade, and the snack table is decked out. Help yourself to some of that cake over there. It's chocolate, of course! The 20 candles celebrate my 20th ordination anniversary this week.
Welcome to the party!
[Photo by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.: Detail of the saint, holding the jar of ointment with which to anoint the Lord, by Sir Ninian Comper. The window is in the Lady chapel of Downside Abbey.]