Texts for this Sunday can be found here. Sunday’s Gospel lesson contains, in your humble blogger’s opinion, one of the most comforting, evocative images in all the Gospels: Jesus promising his friends that if they love him and listen to him he and his Father will come and make their home with them. How does God make a home with us? How do we make a home for God? What might that feel like? Look like?
And what happens when God asks us to help make God a home within a different community, a different culture than ours? That’s our first lesson, as the beleagured Apostle Paul is sent to Macedonia and meets Lydia, a woman of means who offers her home as a church and mission center. In these days when “missionary work” can be a twitchy subject even within the Christian community, do we still sense the message “Come and help us”? How do we proclaim the Gospel with boldness but with sensitivity?
And our Revelation reading gives us a glimpse of a New Jerusalem where God is at home among mortals in a very present way.
Are you at home with these texts? Is this going to be a “home-run sermon” Sunday, or a struggle? As always, we invite you to share your ideas and insights right here.