January 30, 2020
Jan 26, 2020 | The reading this week from John’s Gospel describes the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. Jesus begins the dialogue with John’s disciples with a question, “What are you looking for?” John’s disciples respond with, “Where are you staying?” In other words, “Where will we find what we are looking for?” And so they walk on, moving together in response to Jesus’ invitation, “Come and see.”
When we say to friends, family members and neighbours, “come and see,” we better have something to share that will change lives, our own and others. Jesus’ words call us to examine our ministries. What is our congregation’s gift to the larger world and to seekers waiting on the doorsteps? If we can provide bread for their journeys, then these seekers like Jesus’ first followers will respond with affirmation, “We have found the Messiah! We have found meaning and joy here!”
January 14, 2020
January 12, 2020 | This week it’s all about water, flowing Jordan waters, and the waters that nourish our crops and our bodies. Without water, our lives are in danger. We can do without food for a few days, but water is a necessity, even in the care of persons at the descending edges of life. This Sunday we celebrate the baptism of Jesus.
Jesus comes to the Jordan river to be baptized. Although John is not eager to baptize one whom he believes to have a unique relationship with God, Jesus insists on being baptized to “fulfill all righteousness,” to be in solidarity with all who struggle to experience God in transformative ways. As Jesus rises from the Jordan, a dove descends and God’s voice is heard, “this is my beloved with whom I am well pleased.” While some believe God’s voice defines Jesus as other than us, a supernatural interruption in the ambiguous human history, I believe that Jesus’ baptism and God’s affirmation is, in fact, an affirmation that Jesus is part of our story and that we share in God’s love just as Jesus did.
January 7, 2020
January 5, 2020 | This week we hear a familiar passage from Matthew’s gospel about three travellers. What compelled them to take this journey following a star? A journey that must have been difficult from beginning to end.
They travel to see royalty and are led to kneel before a baby born of poor parents in an out of the way place. They must have had questions for themselves and what this meant for the rest of the world.
What stirred in their hearts to compel them to risk so much? What deep yearning for something other than what they had known led them to travel so far? What sign in the sky, would make us go that deep, that far, to discover its meaning for us?