As one who uses the RCL I am thick into the stories of the Exodus, of Jesus defining himself as the fulfillment of all the law (see Exodus) and prophets, and of Paul writing to the church in Philippi. In the intense times we live in, filled with violence and the threat of violence and the deterioration of the values Jesus taught, preaching is a fine art. The art of speaking the truth in a way that it will be heard, in a way that one hopes will be transformational, in a way that can shake our habits of perception and open up new portals of insight, in a way that promotes love as Jesus taught it.
The Narrative lectionary also offers stories from Exodus, of the forming and shaping of a people of faith through trials and tribulations. How do we manage ourselves and stay faithful to God when we are struggling, when it seems like God has disappeared? How might one’s perception be cloudy?
I find that I feel so inundated with violence these days that its become normalized. I wrote my entire draft of my sermon and did not once mention violence. How can I not refer to the most recent tragedy in the USA, in Las Vegas? It’s startling that this tragedy can feel like a normal event and I have other “more important” things to say on this Sunday as we launch the stewardship season…wow. Perceptions.
Where are you going with the readings this week? What is the Spirit calling up in you?
This is the preacher party and we’re here all day to journey together. Grab a mug, I have a pot of fresh coffee and some homemade steel cut oatmeal.
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving in Dearborn, MI. A member of the RevGalBlogPals and blogger since 2006, she blogs at seekingauthenticvoice.blogspot.com
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