Monday, May 26, 2014

Luke 24:44-53

Following 3 tracks this week -
   Ascension // Our Turn to Witness
   Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth // Mary Meets Elizabeth
   Seventh Sunday in Easter // Assured7

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Year A - Ascension or Our Turn to Witness
May 29, 2014

What does it mean to proclaim or live-out repentance and forgiveness? After looking at the history of the Church it is difficult to discern. It seems there is evidence of repeated non-repentance and serial non-forgiveness. Somewhere power went to our head and we denied physical realities our senses brought to us and one group after another was scapegoated on the basis of letters of the law.

If we are to be witnesses of repentance and forgiveness, we had best be about the business of real repentance, not ritualized repentance that covers continued sinning in shadow and silence. The measure of our witness will be an increase of participation in ongoing mutual belovedness.

At issue here is verse 51, “While he was blessing them”. A blessing interrupted is a blessing that needs to begin again, not end here. The United Church of Christ media program of a Comma has much to say here.

Let us learn from a blessing interuptus to complete the blessing through our witness and not claim our worship is anything other than a blessing.

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