Thursday, January 17, 2008

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Epiphany 2 – Year A

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Again an expansion from the individual to the communal.

To the "church of God that is in Corinth" (or wherever you may be) and to the larger communion that includes both – the call of Christ is strengthened by the combining of every spiritual gift.

Remember those diagrams of a radio tower with the little ball at the top surrounded by concentric rings of signal going out? Imagine that little ball being the testimony of Jesus. It is as weak as a baby's cry in a dusty, out-of-the-way manger outside a noisy inn. A sense of belovedness comes to move that cry outward a bit. One-by-one and, later, one congregation by one congregation moves the cry of faithfulness out another ring and another. There is still a ways to go and so you and your gift are added in – one more ring. And those you have called forth – one more ring. And those they will call - yet more rings.

G*D's faithful, steadfast love continues to expand. It is a joy to receive it and pass it on.

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