Greetings from the hallowed land of Va-Cation!
Shall we pray as our week beings? (prayer source)
God beyond all seeing and knowing,
we meet you in the night of change and crisis,
and wrestle with you in the darkness of doubt.
Give us the will and spirit
to live faithfully and love as we are loved. Amen.
This week finds those of us in RCL land looking at the readings for Proper 13A, the eight Sunday after Pentecost for 2014. Those readings are available to read here.
The continuing stories of the Patriarchs in Genesis (AKA the soap opera Father Abraham and His Dysfunctional Family) brings us to Jacob preparing to cross the river and face the brother he ripped off many years before. And what better way to do that than a wrestling match? But is he wrestling with God, or with the knowledge that his actions have left him feeling unfit to be in God’s presence? On a more esoteric note, isn’t the life of faith an ongoing wrestling match with God?
Then there is Isaiah asking the wonderful question: Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Why indeed?
Or maybe you are continuing with Romans. Where is Paul leading you this week?
And finally we have Matthew. No more weeds. No small things hidden in big things. Just a whole lot of food. Is it a miraculous multiplication? A miraculous sharing? And where is our abundance when we think we have nothing?
Where is the Spirit dragging you this week? What great insights or questions have you found?