Last night we had the first meeting at St. Stoic of the Lectionary Discussion Class, and three members showed up. I was thrilled, because these were three “quality” members, persons who I know will tell others if they enjoyed the class, and who also were prepared and ready to discuss and not just hear a lecture, which I had not prepared, anyway.
For the Genesis passage, this question bubbled up: Why Abram? What was it about Abram and Sarai that made God want to choose them to be ancestors of God’s people? For any of us who have felt the call of God on our lives, why us?
I told the group my story of call, and how a certain chain of events led me to understand that there was a specific purpose for my life that I hadn’t expected, that my life was pretty well settled, just as Abram and Sarai’s was. Although Sarai had been barren, they had remained faithful and found another way for them to be a family. And just when it seemed that they had it all figured out, God changed everything with the covenant, and the promise of a son for Sarai. There is nothing too great for our God, the God of second chances!
Mark’s passage prompted many questions about what it means to give up one’s life. The longer we discussed these questions, the more parallel the two passages became. What does it mean to live faithfully? What are the rewards,and what are the consequences? These are the questions I will be pondering this week.
What are your preaching thoughts this week? As always, please share your wisdom with us, even if you aren’t preaching!