I had to make you uncomfortable, otherwise you never would have moved.
This quote recalled conversations with a friend in Washington, who often spoke about how if we are comfortable, we have no reason, no desire to move which pairs with a common saying of a cousin ‘do something every day that scares you’.
Similar to the lack of comfort I experience with our Matthew scripture, this sermon was uncomfortable to prepare, it will be uncomfortable to preach, and it will be uncomfortable to hear. However, this is how we are moved, how we grow, and honestly how we are formed into the persons that God has, is and will continue to call us to be. This discomfort is compounded with our social crises, but perhaps that increases its necessity and urgency.
In our Matthew 9-10 scripture, Jesus is completely engulfed in his earthly ministry.
Jesus’ earthly ministry, according to Luke 4 (14-21) and his reading from Isaiah, is to:
- Bring good news to the poor;
- Proclaim release to the captives;
- Return sight to the blind;
- Free the oppressed; and
- Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
including debt forgiveness and the restoring of family lands.
Returning to our Matthew 9-10 scripture, the tasks of Jesus’ earthly ministry also included teaching and curing every disease and illness.
Jesus, God in human flesh and bone, is weary but moved with compassion for the multitude of people in need.
Jesus, God in human flesh and bone, is overwhelmed by the abundancy of human need.
Jesus commissions the disciples into his earthly ministry, that is Jesus invites and enables the inter-most circle of twelve to actively participate in the curing of every disease/illness and the casting out of unclean spirits. Read the rest of this entry »