Pentecost +10 or Community Practice 10
August 17, 2014
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Gifts, even those of G*D, are not irrevocable. Some do have one calling, one gift to actualize, during their time on earth. Some move from calling to calling, gift to gift. There is no accounting for calls and gifts. Any model that posits one understanding will eventually run aground on its own rules. Gifts and calls are beyond our control.
Claiming irrevocability is as short-sighted as claiming incompatibility. It just doesn't hold up in the light of mercy regarding disobedience. It is mercy that is the larger category, not disobedience.
When we get this relationship wrong all manner of wrongs are perpetrated on people—some to themselves and some to others.
Return to the part left out of this pericope to see examples of how what was discarded has been grafted in, how mercy is always being extended past our limits. We are thankful for mercy received. Let us be as thankful for being able to extend mercy by premeditatedly giving it away.