This is one of those weeks when I’d rather be preaching on the text from the Narrative Lectionary than any of the four offered in the RCL. (sigh). The story of Abraham looking up at the stars in wonder of God’s abundance and grace is far more hopeful than the laments of Jeremiah or the peculiar story Jesus tells of the unjust steward who saves his own behind and gets accolades from Jesus for being savvy. Alas, I am preaching from the RCL and so I am wrestling with these challenging texts. I think I am going to talk about the effort when one tries one’s hardest to fix something but is focused primarily on saving one’s self and the transformational change that occurs when one is able to go deeper and focus on God and God’s desires, which therefore pushes one beyond simply self motivated actions into those that can save us all. Or something like that.
What about you? What text are you wrestling with? Or, is your sermon done or, lucky you, you get this week off from preaching? Pull up a chair and grab a mug, we’re here all day to support one another wherever we are and share ideas to inspire each other.
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a church in Dearborn, MI, a blogger and member of the RevGals since 2006.