Either of the Hebrew Scripture readings are rich and worth exploring. Jeremiah explores how your wellness as a community is tied into the wellness of your particular time and place, whether that place feels like home or not. The reading from 2 Kings is not only a fun one from a drama perspective, but also explores the ways in which we seem to want to complicate the road to wellness. Maybe it’s not as tricky as we thought.
In that vein, the gospel reading really spoke to me this week. In a time of diminishing mainline denominations, I think it might have a lot to say about our own health, as individual people and also as congregations. I notice that Jesus did not try to create new programs for the 9 who ran off, he did not form a committee to think about adding praise music to his repertoir, he did not try adding flash to his website. Instead, he noticed their absence and then lavished his healing love on the one who followed him. How might this be a model for us? It might be a long shot, but I think it’s worth exploring, anyway, so that’s where I think I’m headed. Of course, it’s early days yet.
Maybe you are you focussing on 2 Timothy this time? Or something else altogether? See you in the comments!