Tuesday, April 03, 2007

PreEaster Tuesday – A, B, C

PreEaster Tuesday – A, B, C

Years A, B, C
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 71:1-14
I Corinthians 1:18-31
John 12:20-36

Two days ago we were so close to being in like Flynn. There was this parade happening the next street over, but we were just settling in to the Inn. We missed it.

Now we're trying to get a belated autograph and have a lead through a Mr. Philip who apparently knows someone who knows someone.

And just a quickly there is no response, our contact didn't show up. We're left behind.

So, from the other side - Jesus says, "We're full up. Disciples, stick closer than ever, no more taking bribes so someone can get their picture taken. Everyone, huddle up. The game's going to depend on this next play."

Well, believe it or not, this is a different time and place from these ancient stories. What is our criteria for helping someone come close to Jesus? What litmus test do they have to pass? What is the minimum ante? Will we take the time to introduce someone to the value source of our life ourselves or wait to see if someone else will blackball the idea? Is there still time available to slowly transform interest into involvement or must we expect instant conversion?

Is the game plan still to huddle up? Does looking back on this story from postEaster make a difference for how we are going to act in this, our next preEaster, season?

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