This particular Sunday will be the last one that I preach in my current churches. I could easily stray from the lectionary on my last Sunday, but that is not my style. I have decided against preaching from Samuel and the Psalm, so I am left with the Epistle and the Gospel. Weighing those two options, I believe the Epistle is my lesson of choice for my last Sunday. For those of you who are not on your last Sunday, enjoy the possibilities.
- I am intrigued by the lesson from Samuel. The friendship of Jonathan and David is rich in many ways. There is a depth of love between the two men that is rarely expressed in the scriptures. David’s lament over the death of Saul and Jonathan is quite expressive-“How the mighty have fallen”–We should learn to lament with such power.
- Psalm 130 is the parallel Psalm to David’s lamentation. The themes of the forgiveness and steadfast love of God are important to note. Many Christians seem to think that these themes only came about with the advent of Jesus, yet they are frequent in the Hebrew scriptures. Find a way to proclaim it by using the Psalm in worship.
- Paul writes to the Corinthians about God’s economy (v.9 For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.) When we follow Jesus, it turns our values right side-up. We are made rich because of Jesus’ poverty. It flies in the face of how human economy generally works. Paul uses this teaching to instruct the Corinthian church on how to live with each other.
- Excellent Notes on 2 Corinthians-Working Preacher (2009) APOSTOLIC ECONOMY
- The Gospel gives us another look at Jesus the healer. There is the set-up story, Jesus hears of Jairus’ daughter being at the point of death, and Jesus goes to lay hands on her. On the way, a woman lays her hands on Jesus and she is made well after 12 years of serious illness–the kind that would make you an outcast in the synagogue community. She is healed immediately. Then they come and tell Jesus that the little girl was dead. “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And the crowd laughed, but not for long–the little girl gets up and walks and Jesus tells them not to say anything about it–but get the girl something to eat (this is the Southern Jesus at work, make sure everybody gets something to eat). Jesus brings wholeness and life where he goes–are we ready to receive it? Interestingly, in the next chapter of Mark, Jesus goes to his hometown and they do not receive him well, and he is not able to work any miracles.
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