For Sunday, January 4, 2008
John 1:(1-9) 10-18
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Where are you this Sunday?
Will you be talking about the Word made flesh?
Will the kings be arriving in Bethlehem?
My favorite pairing with the John text is the classic quote from Albert Schweitzer, the end of his book The Quest for the Historical Jesus:
He comes to us as one unknown, without a name, as of old by the lakeside, he came to those men who knew him not. He speaks to us the same words, “Follow thou me!”, and sets us to the tasks which he has to fulfill for our time. He commands. And to those who obey him, whether they be wise or simple, he will reveal himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings which they shall pass through in his fellowship, and, as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience who he is.
And here’s a thought for Epiphany: (Author Unknown)
“If, as Herod, we fill our lives with things, and again with things; if we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action, when will we have the time to make the long, slow journey across the desert as did the Magi? Or sit and watch the stars as did the shepherds? Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary? For each one of us, there is a desert to travel. A star to discover. And a being within ourselves to bring to life.”
Who was Jesus?
What does it mean to us to have the Word made flesh?
For God to have pitched a tent in our midst?
How did the wise men have the time required for such a journey?
What about their families? Their responsibilities?
Where are you journeying this Sunday?
Peace to you, Listing Straight
(P.S. This is my last Lectionary Leanings- thank you for all of your words of encouragement and insightful thoughts that have been so helpful to so many people in this crazy thing called preaching. You will continue to be a blessing to many).