Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Luke 8:26-39

Pentecost +5 - Year C 

Boundary-breaking folks are found in our own house and on the other side of nowhere. They come with blessings and challenges. There is no escaping a choice in how to respond. A challenge in Pentecost goes back to its ecstatic beginning — experiencing a compulsion to speak of wonder beyond our ordinary way of interacting — in wonder we are bound together; in ordinary time we fight over everything, no matter how small.

How do we say, “You’re welcome, carry on” or “Rise” or “Come out”?

When the wonder of another finally surfaces, we act, bidden or unbidden, to affirm, to bless, to heal. In our choice to further wonder, we are set apart and lost to many afraid to wonder and more than willing to send us away. We are also set apart and find ever more opportunities to take an initial Pentecostal word of “wonder” and to extend it as an invitation for others to do the same. 

Compare Acts 2:11, “...in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power”, and Luke 8:39, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” Here is impetus and continuation of wonder. Imagine where next it will surface in both the pericopes of Pentecost and the situations of your setting.

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