Who am I?
Who are you?
Who is Jesus?
Who do people say Jesus is?
We are followers. We are deniers. We are Satan. We are also teachers. We are fire. We are fruit. We are the criers. We are the delivered. We are the unashamed. We are the helped. We are the wayward and the panicked. We are the carefree.
Jesus is the teacher. Jesus is the denied. Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is the inspiration and the root. The audience. The first responder. The deliverer. The recognition. The mercy. The steadfast guide, the eternal siren, the creative calm. The rest.
Forgetting who we are and whose we are, we try to be controllers of the revelation, to deputize ourselves as rebukers rather than believers (Mark 8:27-38). We call ourselves the only image of the unimaginable (James 3:9). We become sign builders and toll collectors for fear of being the lost on a way that has no path but life (Psalm 116:9, Proverbs 1:26-27).
This coming Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary readings resonate with images of Jesus, of Wisdom, of God … which provoke us to consider whether our images of ourselves as the faithful are entirely truthful.
Perhaps we are Satan. Deniers of life when we are called to be deniers of ego. Tongues of poison though we have been gifted with tongues of blessing. Satiated by our own foolishness while Wisdom sets delight before us.
Who do we say we are?
Who do we say Jesus is?
Where is your sermonizing taking you this week, RevGals and Pals? How are you encouraging your faith community to reflect on themselves … and to reflect on Christ’s image through and within and among them? In the comments, share your notes, your thoughts, your questions, and your stories about prepping to preach on Sunday!
Rachel G. Hackenberg‘s book with co-author Martha Spong, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), includes memories of church nurseries and grandmothers, opinions about labyrinths and weddings, and an abundance of caffeine, as Martha and Rachel strive to make sense of faith through the trials & failures of life.
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