The appointed scripture for Proper 6 (Year A, Pentecost 2) prescribes the many ways that we are to live in the world as followers of Jesus Christ. There is a contemporary term “represent” which means that one shows true colors, the people one associates with, and where one lives. This is the term describing the appointed scripture this week. So, do you represent?
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. . . Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. . . . Jesus sent out [the twelve] with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. . . .
From sermon4kids.com: “Just as Jesus called the twelve to deliver the good news, he has also called you and me to deliver the good news. If we don’t do our job, someone won’t get the good news today.”
Collect: Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reflection: How would you respond to the arrival of wandering messengers of good news in your town or on your doorstep (Matt. 9:35–10:23)? Would you welcome them or listen to their words? What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to “come near” (Matt. 10:7)?
Saint Focus: A unique entry among the saints this time is Enmegahbowh (pronounced En-meh-GAH-boe). Originally from the Ojibwe tribe in Canada, Enmegahbowh was the first Native American ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. He is noted for negotiating a truce between the Sioux and the Ojibwe. Much more to this story. Be sure to follow the link below for a greater description. [most from the Calendar of the church year according to the Episcopal Church.]
This week, the saints under consideration were :
- 10; Ephrem of Nisibis, Deacon & Poet, 373
- 11; Saint Barnabas the Apostle
- 12; Enmegahbowh, Priest and Missionary, 1902
- 14; Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, 379; AND Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Apologist and Writer, 1936
- 15; Evelyn Underhill, Mystic & Writer, 1941
- 16; Joseph Butler, 1752, and George Berkeley, 1753, Bishops and Theologians
- 17; [Marina the Monk], Monastic, 5th c.
Eye Candy: Russian orthodox icon of the Holy Trinity by Andrei Rublev; “The Trinity” (1378), Theophanes the Greek fresco at The Church of Our Savior in Russia; “Trinity“, contemporary by Fr. Bob Gilroy
Contemporary Parables: “X-men: Days of Future Past” (2014), with theme of being called and being sent; “Babbette’s Feast” (1987), a Parisian refugee Babbette cooks for pious family; “Angela’s Ashes” (1999), story of immigrants returning to Ireland following the death of their 7 year old daughter; “The Matrix” (1999) (of course), sci-fi thriller
image “Icthus” downloaded 061020 from pixabay.com website. The ichthus symbol described here.
“Consider the story of Derek Redmond’s 400 meter Olympic race in 1972 (https://youtu.be/kZlXWp6vFdE). He was favored to win but tore his hamstring early in the race. He endured through his suffering and with the help of his father finished the race to receive a standing ovation. Can apply this lesson to your life of faith? Even when we fall down, or when life presents huge obstacles, we can carry on in hope because God, our father, is with us and will never leave us. Share. [based on the SOLI website lesson “Stewardship and Radical Risk Taking” https://www.stewardshipoflife.org/2017/06/stewardship-and-radical-risk-taking/]
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The three readings today provide us with insight into who we are as the people of God. The Gospel reading is the account of the calling and commissioning of the twelve apostles. They are sent forth with the message of God’s kingdom. Later Jesus will send larger groups to proclaim the good news and after his resurrection, he sends all of us into the world to bear the message.
[Using Genesis] The first reading continues the story of Abraham and Sarah. Many years have passed; still God’s promise to give them a son has not been fulfilled and Sarah is now too old. However, God comes to them and renews the promise. Sarah laughed at the idea but in the twenty-first chapter, we learn the son was born. He was called Isaac, which is Hebrew for “a laughing matter.”
[Using Exodus] The first reading takes us back to the time of the Exodus. God affirms the covenant with Israel and then gives the people of God their identity: to God they are a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These words are repeated about the church in the New Testament, especially in 1 Peter.
Today’s reading from Romans tells us something else about our identity. We are a people who have been reconciled with God through Jesus’ death. As Paul states in the chapter that follows, we have been incorporated into that death by baptism and thus our reconciliation with God is complete.
As a people called to proclaim good news, to live lives reconciled to God, and to be the holy priesthood of the new covenant, we gather to celebrate the mysteries of that covenant. The Eucharistic meal also reveals us as a people, like Abraham and Sarah who meet God in holy meals and find ourselves called by God into community with God.
From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year. Copyright © 2007 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.