Pentecost +5 - Year C
Have you ever "set your face"? Well, of course, we do it all the time. A perennial question is where we have our persona directed. Our vibes are our messengers - how are they doing in preparing a welcome for us? This question comes from the understanding that welcome leads to welcome.
James and John seemed to be spring-loaded to anticipate rejection. Not only do they expect it, but they have their response ready - "Incinerate them!" Which of your vibes have you named "James" and/or "John"?
This same anticipator process comes with folks thinking they are ready for any challenge, only to find the most ordinary ones of "comfort" and "ritual" tripping them up.
Bottom line - the mystery and challenge of the Freedom of G*D can't be avoided or evaded. There is room for all on the field. Are we going to play and welcome those currently on the sideline, or play and force others to the sideline?