June 30, 2019

Bless or Blast?
Pentecost 3,
Year C
Becky Robbins-Penniman


Last time I spoke with you, I implored you to get up! go do some frolicking because the nature of our Triune God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit begins with Wisdom, and the Divine Wisdom is that the origin and destiny of God’s entire Creation is delight, joy, hope and frolicking.

Yikes! in today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus’ seems demanding and downright cranky! He tells one person that wants to follow him that being a disciple means not even having a bed to call one’s own: it’s hard work, without the usual monetary rewards that let us have a home and comfort. He tells the next two people that if meeting cultural and family expectations come before loving God with all that they are and all that they have, then they aren’t yet ready to practice the radical love God’s reign is about.

Notice that we do not know what choices the three “someones” actually made. Why not? Because Luke is drawing each of us into the story so each person who hears it is faced with asking ourselves what our choice is. We are thus confronted with the reality that being a Christian disciple isn’t something we can just “do” for 2 hours a week. It’s who and what we are, 24/7/365, inside and out…

Read the full sermon text HERE.