Another two-for-one. Probably just as well since I’ll be on vacation next week. Having been asked by the diocese to supply services for St Bartholomew’s – Scottdale on Saturday evenings, it was fortuitous to start close enough to that apostle’s feast day to recognize it. Then regular Sunday service at St Francis, we forged ahead with St Luke’s Gospel, where we see Jesus making the link between humility and how we treat those we are tempted to think of as “below” us. May we all be willing both to bear our cross, and to walk the way of humility expressed through love for all (not just the people we consider worthy of it).
Two for one, today. The past two weeks of Gospel readings–last Sunday, and today–reveal that following Jesus isn’t always a bed of roses. We can expect friction in both our closest relationships as well as with the larger culture. But ultimately the way Jesus leads us brings us into God’s best, no matter how rugged the cross we may have to bear. We simply need to be aware that conflicts will happen, even while we are called to be faithful, gracious, loving, and forgiving.
Finishing Colossians, we tackle an often skipped, but still rich passage that gives practical advice about keeping peace at home, encourages prayerful and gracious witness, and models community-building practices. It’s worth the risk to grapple with ancient marital norms, slavery, and lesser known (and hard to pronounce) names to mine these nuggets that help us better love others.