(Photo by Terri Pilarski, Deception Pass, Washington State)
I am not preaching this Sunday, so I am a little less invested in the texts than I might be otherwise….however, I know that I always struggle as we come to the end of the long season after Pentecost. I follow the RCL and we are heading toward the last days of the story of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus is all tense and terse. And frankly, so am I and and so are many people I know. I mean, I am trying to not be terse and tense, but I am. How do I live in and through these days? Isaiah speaks to me:
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people….”
If I were preaching this Sunday I might tap into Isaiah and reflect on what it means to go astray, to end up living a perversion of justice….yes, WHO could have imagined this future?
I wonder what you are pondering for Sunday? Are you working with the Narrative Lectionary? Or the RCL? Or another set of texts? What is provoking you, prodding you, inspiring you, or where are you stuck?
I’m here all day, let’s party together, pray, and laugh, and hope, and work out what the Holy Spirit is trying to move in and through us.
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice
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