Sorry this is coming in late–the day just got away from me in this cold and snowy weather.
Our Revised Common Lectionary texts can be found here.
I am concentrating this week on the Isaiah and 1Corinthian texts.
I am always fascinated by the word “tongs” in the Isaiah text. I don’t know why. I always picture kitchen tongs or big grill tongs. It seems like such a modern implement for an ancient time. But the idea is this: what the seraph was holding was hot, and scary, and not safe to touch with ordinary flesh. And yet it was pressed to Isaiah’s mouth! And then he was told to speak!
In Paul’s letter, I’m looking at the second half of the reading, where Paul says “I am what I am, all because of God’s grace.” We are ordaining and installing officers at St. Stoic this Sunday. It seems to me to be a good time to remember that we are who we are because God touched us with something that we often regard as scary and dangerous–a call to ministry.
Who knows, I might even throw them a bone and we’ll sing the song they looooooove, but I find tiresome and overdone: “Here I Am, Lord”.
What are your thoughts today/tonight/this week?