These texts that we have today were a challenge for me. We have different texts that give themselves to or have themes that have been hijacked for purposes other than what I would call the gospel, or the good news.
I was wrestling with that this week.
How do I preach this, especially on the coat tails of a Sunday where I loved the gospel?
Then, I got to thinking about Father’s Day, who a father is, and our image of God as the perfect Father (the model of what fatherhood should ideally be).
I became a little more comfortable with the texts at that point.
In our gospel text (Matt. 9-10), we have Christ sending his disciples out to do those things we have been talking about:
the proclamation of the WORD in word and deed;
we don’t have the baptizing yet, but that will come;
the acts of compassion and mercy; and
the love and the service (of others).
They have been sent out into the world to do that, but not quite fully yet. Read the rest of this entry »