1.20.2012

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY Year B




This week in the story of Jonah, in Psalm 62, in an early moment in
the active ministry of Jesus, and in a letter from Paul to the
followers of Jesus in the city of Corinth we read messages telling
folks that the ways they were living were about to change
significantly.

This particular passage in Jonah comes after the scenes that make
Jonah famous. Before this passage, Jonah had resisted sharing the news
God had asked him to share....and he ended up inside a great fish. But
we see him here, telling folks that God had told them that their city
would be overthrown.

In Psalm 62 there is lots of language about trusting fully in God
because so much of the rest of the world is but a breath and a
delusion.

In the passage from the early part of Mark's gospel Jesus says "The
time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and
believe the good news" And then walks out and starts asking fishermen
to leave their livelihoods and start a brand new venture.

In Paul's letter to the followers of Jesus in Corinth he warns his
readers "the appointed time has grown short...the present form of this
world is passing away."

And so what do you do...what do we do when we are directly faced with
messages of certain change (positive or negative)? How do you respond
when challenged, or called to account for your misdeeds, or promised
that a new way of believing will bring joy to your life?

We are all faced with situations like these. We are told things will
be different--sometimes better and sometimes worse--and we have to
choose what our response is going to be. Will we try to ignore the
message? Will you take note but keep going in your own direction? Will
you drop your net and follow?

God, I know I sometimes complain
about what I have.
But I don't know that I am ready for change.
At least I am familiar with these things
that I have to complain about.
Help me as I learn to trust
and rest in
Your love
and Your protection
In the face of whatever
change comes my way.
Amen.

© matt norvell 2012 www.settingourstones.org we want to share
this with you and hope you'll share with the world; we simply ask that
you let people know where you found these words. May Grace & Peace be
with you. 

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