The other night I invited some friends over for dinner. I planned a menu that included several dishes that I was just making up in my own head, no recipes. But because we all like different things, some like shrimp for example, and some don’t, I made a variety. We each had a little of something we liked and could ignore the dish we didn’t like. The meal turned out great and we had a nice evening.
Choices are not always so easy. Sometimes the choices are downright challenging. Our readings this Sunday all describe occasions when choices are involved: the father’s inheritance or a meal? the flesh or the Spirit? the good earth or the rocky soil? The categories are almost comical. I mean Esau chose the meal and gave up his inheritance? Paul argues for the kingdom of God now, but then talks about it being only found in the Spirit. Oh right, an embodied Spirit. (Gotta love Paul). And this week launches the series of parables in the Gospel of Matthew, thank goodness, no more of that law and order stuff….at least for now.
This is my last Sunday in the pulpit before I take a couple of weeks off to rest. I have pulled up the sermons from previous years when I preached on this text, and the two I’ve found are both decent. Not sure what that means, if I’ll pilfer from them or just write something new. Regardless, I have choices. What about you? What you pondering this week? What choices lie before you?
This is the preacher party and I have lots of good stuff to keep us nourished today – coffee or tea, fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese, chocolate…..pull up a chair, let the party begin.
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a congregation in Dearborn, MI. She is the Convener of the Episcopal Women’s Caucus, the organization within the Episcopal Church that advocates for women, theologically, spiritually, and politically. She’s been a member of and contributor to the RevGalBlogPals since 2006, and she blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.
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