The Rev. Dr. William A. Heisley
Lessons: Numbers 21:4b-9; Psalm 98; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24; John 3:13-17
“Keep your chin up.” That might be a good slogan for today. Holy Cross Day. Keep your chin up, keep your head up, keep your eyes up. Might be good to think along these lines today, just like an athlete, always with her eyes on the goal. When you keep your chin up you’re not able to look at your navel. You’re not able to become so self-centered that you miss what’s going on around you, going on in the world. You’re able to see, and to see the widest view possible. And you’re able to see truth.
Moses and Israel were wondering through their lives, looking for life. Looking down at the land. Looking for a land flowing with milk and honey and all good things. And they weren’t finding it. Only hunger and thirst and then, to top it off, snakes. So Moses consulted with God. “What do I do now? These people are making me nuts!” And God told him to be absurd. (more…)
The Rev. Dr. William Heisley
Lessons: Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119: 33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20
British biblical scholar N. T. Wright says that St. Paul’s letter to the Roman Christians is by common consent, “his masterpiece. It dwarfs most of his other writings, an Alpine peak towering over hills and villages…we are here dealing with a work of massive substance, presenting a formidable intellectual challenge while offering a breathtaking theological and spiritual vision.”
And we have a small piece of it today as our second lesson, 7 mere verses. Verses that drip with Paul’s begging for us to understand, for us, along with Christians in ancient Rome and across the time and space of the Church’s existence, drip with Paul’s teaching for us to know that we are being transformed. We have been transformed. We are being changed and have been changed and will be changed yet again, over and over, because of the sheer power, the mighty glory of the Word of God that is Jesus the Christ. God-spoken-into-our-humanity. God knowing our humanity and breathing our breath. God with us. (more…)