The lessons and collect today at St. Andrew’s On the Hill can be found at the Lectionary Page.
Basically, we were reading Moses’ call from Exodus 3, what Jesus’ followers are supposed to look like from Romans 12, and Jesus calling all of us to take up our cross and follow him.
Tim McCree did an excellent job at laying out the call narrative. Without a doubt, when God wants to get something done, God calls on folks just like us (even worse than most of us–given that Moses was wanted for murder). And our response is always a lot like Moses: “Really God, I would rather not.” And we have similar excuses, “I am not prepared or equipped to do what you need me to do.”
And God continues to respond, “It’s okay–I’ll be with you. Don’t you get the word play in my name?”
And so it goes, our history as God’s people is littered with our attempts to live out our calling. The fact is, God never calls those equipped, God always equips the called. We keep thinking that this is no way to get a job done, at least God should hire the qualified and credentialed, it would be more efficient. But then it wouldn’t be much of a story would it? God keeps saying through history- I will call you, you will follow me, and it won’t be easy.
Just like the Gospel this morning. Peter knew that there must be an easier way for Jesus to come to reign, and it would be easier without self-denial, the cross, losing life. But Jesus keeps repeating the story of God’s people–I will call you, you will follow me, it will not be easy.
It is not easy being Jesus’ followers in this world, but I am in good company, with a bunch of misfits, totally unqualified for much of anything, but we are on a journey with the One who was, who is, and who will always be. It’s all in that holy name that we have learned to substitute as “LORD.”