There’s a sort of synergy between the RCL and NL texts this week, as both offer us reminders of how to take care of people living with great hardship, but from very different angles. Or perhaps not that different?
It’s also the last Sunday in Lent, with just Palm Sunday and Holy Week still ahead. In the words of Carrie Newcomer, “feels like we’re leaping into the kingdom of God…but I’m coming undone, all loose ends and ravels…” I wonder if that’s how the disciples felt as they walked the roads to Jerusalem? How our congregations feel as we are pulled relentlessly toward the cross again, but with these stop-offs for teaching and eating and seeing?
What are you preaching this week? Are you finishing a Lenten series? Preaching a lectionary? Spilling Beans? Having a Lent cantata or some other way of getting a bit of respite before the marathon begins? Whatever the case, there’s room here for procrastination techniques, snacks, help with phrases that just won’t turn, and bouncing ideas around until the Spirit finally decides to run with one of them!
Teri Peterson is a minister in the Church of Scotland. She lives along the beautiful Firth of Clyde, where it’s been surprisingly cold and lacking in cake lately. She is co-author of Who’s Got Time: spirituality for a busy generation, a board member of RevGalBlogPals, and a contributor to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit.
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