|"All in Good Time"
You will find Jennifer's reflections on the sixth Sunday after Epiphany and the week to follow below.
The Sixth After Epiphany ~ February 17, 2019
Most people today, if they know anything about Jesus at all, would describe him as a “great teacher,” or a “wise man” who went about preaching love and joy and niceness to all. Certainly, one of the ways Jesus made manifest the Father’s glory was through his teaching and profoundly wise words. However, dig just a little bit below the surface and you’ll discover that Jesus’ words were radically world-changing, carefully calculated to upset his listeners’ preconceived notions about what righteousness and justice and love really meant. In this week’s gospel reading, Luke reports not only the “Blesseds” (or “Beatitudes”) of Matthew’s gospel, but also a goodly list of “Woes”. Imagine being a wealthy, contented, well-respected, generally self-satisfied person in the crowd listening to Jesus speak. You might begin to get a little uncomfortable, a little anxious, maybe even a little angry. You might have to begin to ask yourself, “Where do I put my trust? What kind of tree am I? A scrubby little bush in the desert, destined to become a tumbleweed blowing along in the wind? Or a strong tree planted by a stream that can weather any kind of storm?”
This Week: Have you taken up the challenge of reading through the gospels during the season of Epiphany? How is it going? What are you discovering as you read? It’s not too late to start and read at least one gospel through before Lent begins in two-and-a-half weeks or so. If reading through all four gospels seems a little daunting, consider simply focusing on the week’s lectionary readings, reading through all four of them several times during the week, pausing to slowly digest and pay attention to what God may be trying to teach you through them.