God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jesus' Call, Our Call

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
   because he has anointed me
     to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
   and recovery of sight to the blind,
     to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’
20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ Luke 4:16-21
what do you do when you hear God's call
what do you say the first time you are invited to speak about your call
how do you tell people that God is working in you
Jesus spent days, forty days
he struggled with God
he questioned what he was to do and say
he wrestled with the temptations inside

then he walked into church
he was given the bible and it fell open
the passage from Isaiah fell open before him
he read those words first to himself
he let them sink in
those words embodied all of the struggling he had done
those words spoke of the resolve he had come to
those words were his call
he read the words
 18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
   because he has anointed me
     to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
   and recovery of sight to the blind,
     to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’
he then sat down
he let those words sink into to those present in church that day
he took a deep breath
he said this scripture is fulfilled today in your hearing

yet that is the problem
isn't it
we don't want to hear these words
we don't want to hear the words of God's call to Jesus
we don't want to hear his mission and vision
we don't want to hear
for if we hear these words
we too will have to wrestle with God
we too will have to struggle with our own demons
we too will be called away from our comfort
we will be called to bring good news to the poor
    not tax cuts to the wealthy
we will be called to release the captives
    not create more laws and prisons to lock up more black and brown bodies
we will be called to recover the sight of the blind
   not defund medical and scientific research
   not cut healthcare to the elderly who are more likely to suffer from vision problems
   not send people into anxiety about whether they will still have insurance when they wake up
we will be called to let the oppressed go free
    not allow discrimination in terms of race, class, sex, disability
we will be called to say that now, today is the year God wants this
    not in the future, not when revelations becomes real
    now, today, this is the year of the Lord.

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