Pentecost Last - November 25, 2013 - Year C
On this last Sunday of another church year that we wrap in a victory of hierarchy reclaimed, it is important to remember the prophetic tradition rather than the priestly/kingly.
Have you learned a bit more this year about not having enemies, even if they should still have you? If so, know that being thus rescued from being enthralled by our enemies we can simply live in wholeness and mercy all the rest of our days -- long or short.
The appropriate act here is that of forgiveness in the trenches of life, not the raising of a scepter to lord it over.
If we have learned well this past year, there will be a new dawn, a new light, beaming from you to those darkened in one way or another. This is not a lording it over them, but a setting out of a ministry for a next year. Hopefully our evaluation of how things have gone and one thing that still needs doing will energize us to go forward, guiding our feet and the feet of others in a way that will intersect in a present paradise that might be called peace or reality.
Blessings on your evaluation for tests are just around a corner. Today I was able to be part of giving a test to a bureaucratic church body (United Methodist Connectional Table). For the moment they passed and stopped their formalities to give up a morning's agenda to talk about sexuality and even claim it was important for them to speak about it as a body to General Conference. You can read about it here.