Happy Tuesday friends! Whether you are experiencing the below-zero temps of those of us in the Northern Plains, the unseasonable snow and ice of the nation’s Southern Plains, the freak storms of the southeast, or the really, really frigid temps of our pals in Canada, I think we can agree: Winter has arrived in North America. Wondergirl has had two days off from school, since the district decided to not try to heat the buildings to a livable temp in these -20 to -30 wind chills. (Old timers find this hilarious, y’know. I mean, its Snow Belt for crying out loud.) I ventured out to St Stoic this morning, to get some books and paperwork to bring home. I then got caught on some unexpectedly icy freeways (did you know that road salt doesn’t work at -10 degrees?).
So, all this to say that today is a great day to put a log on the fire, put some water on for tea, and delve into some scripture. If you are a lectionary preacher, like I am lately, you can surely start here.
I am struck by the blessings/curse theme that runs through all of this. It reminds me of Stephen Colbert’s “Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger” except in the gospel lesson we have the great reversal of fortunes that Christ brings. I am also struck by the fact that Jesus came to a level place to give his sermon on blessings and woes. Is this indication that Jesus is the great equalizer who levels the playing field for all of us? If so, how do we respond to that metaphor in a world where some are more equal than others?
These are some of the homiletical rabbit trails I’m exploring this week. How about you?
Bonus: I reread Eugene Lowry’s The Homiletical Plot this past weekend. It was a wonderful refresher to the survey of this book I did in seminary. If you were taught to preach using the “Lowry Loop” like I was, you will enjoy this book.