1.13.2012

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY Year B



1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

All of us are Connected to 10, 000 things in 10, 000 different ways. Socially, physically, emotionally, we are Connected.

But some folks have....a different Connection.

Some people have an awareness...maybe it is a knowledge of themselves, or a knowledge of people, or a knowledge of the world...but some folks have an awareness and a sensitivity that allows them to Just Know things.

Some people call it intuition. Some call it the connections of the universe. Some call it insight given by God...some call it the Voice of God.

Some folks seem to have an intimate knowledge of themselves, of people, and the world that not all of us have access to.

I don't claim to know what it is. However, I do know some people are Connected in a different way than others.

A great example of this is found in the story of Samuel and Eli. Both were servants in the temple, Eli was the elder and Samuel was the younger. In the night Samuel hears a voice calling him and thinks it is Eli. It turns out it was the LORD calling out to Samuel and the LORD told Samuel that the house of Eli would be punished in an extensive and unforgiving way. It was in these moments that Samuel came to be known as one who was Connected....he was a prophet of the LORD.

In Psalm 139 we have a beautiful (and classic) song of knowledge and Connection. This is written by a person who has a deep and serious understanding of the ways that the LORD is Connected to him. He understands the intimacy of the knowledge God has of him.

In Paul's letter to the followers of Jesus in Corinth, Paul is explaining the importance of the Connection between their human bodies and their spiritual relationship with God. And because there is such an important Connection, each person should pay attention to what s/he does with his/her body, because that matters. This is important for us too. There is a chance that treating one's body well can bring you in to closer Connection and treating your body poorly can impede your Connection to God.

Huh.

And in the text from John this week we see Jesus showing his Connections. Basically, as a new guy named Nathaniel walked up to him, Jesus spoke to him and knew things about him that made Nathaniel immediately respond, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Now, we don't really know what Jesus knew of this guy...we don't really know what Nathaniel knew about Jesus. But what we do know is that they shared a sudden, profound, and unusual Connection in that moment.

Trying to write about this feels like I am trying to draw a picture the wind. It is hard to describe, but I suspect we have all had moments where we experienced one of these profound Connections.

Can you identify those for yourself? Are there ways you have learned to pay more attention to those Connections?

God, we know You are always with us.
We know You surround us.
And yet we are not always there.
Help us as we learn to clear away
the obstacles that
we build
between Us
and You.
Amen.

© matt norvell 2011 www.settingourstones.org we want to share
this with you and hope you'll share with the world; we simply ask that
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