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2010-2-28, 2nd Lent

2010-2-28, 2nd Lent

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Christ ChurchEureka CaliforniaSecond Sunday of LentGenesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1,Luke 13:31-35February 28, 2010The Rev. Ron W. Griffin“What you say, and how you stand”
God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astrayfrom your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embraceand hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with youand the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Luke 13:31-35
ome Pharisees came and said to Jesus, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to killyou." He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, 'Listen, I am casting out demons andperforming cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today,tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet tobe killed outside of Jerusalem.' Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets andstones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children togetheras a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house isleft to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessedis the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'"Good Morning!Today I have a cross I am wearing, given to me several years ago. The cross is covered byMilagros. Milagros are religious charms more often found in desert southwest of the US inmany areas of Mexico and other portions of Latin America. This cross with Milagros wascreated for me in
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
.These symbols remind me of my journey in this life my relationshipwith God, and is a symbolic way for me to remember life’s mostimportant questions. And several of the Milagros focuses on thisLament of Jesus.
Jacques Maritain, the French philosopher of the last century who was influentialinterpreter of the thought of St Thomas Aquinas said there are three questions to beanswered in life: Who Am I, Where am I and Where ought I to be going? Jesus askedthese questions long before Maritain, Jesus also offered us the answers if we areChristians. The teachings of Christ answer who we are, where we are, and where we oughtto be going as Christians with servanthood or what I call being available, living byexample and with humility.In today’s gospel there are a number of symbols Jesus uses to help us understandwhat Servanthood, Living by example and Humility mean. Given the number of animalsavailable in scripture, it is curious that Jesus choose a fox and a hen with chicks, because afox or mother hen does not inspire much confidence, not like a Lion or a Leopard or evenan Eagle would. But a hen is what Jesus chooses, which -- if you think about it --isconsistent with his answers to these important questions. Jesus tells us, If anyone wouldcome after me, they must first deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Andwho ever wants to be great must be a servant, and who ever wants to be first must be slaveof all. Central to the words of Jesus are the first will be last, the poor will be rich. Children,windows, the peasants and poor wind up at the front while those in power go to the end of the line. Jesus spent much of his time telling those listening to choose giving over getting.So of course he chooses a chicken, which is about as far from a fox as you can get.Jesus also reminds us over and over that our goal daily as we discover where weought to be going is to be Christ’s reflection to our culture. We don’t think about it a lot,but when we consider that we and our connection to Christ’s Church has been observed bymany in this community for a long time, the real power of our reflection of Christ or lack of power in our reflection of Christ begins to sink in that it is not in words but in ourexamples the people judge our reflection of Christ.As Paul writes to his community in the Epistle today he tells them they will learn(who they are through Christ) when they begin living his example. He tells the Philippiansto imitate him as he imitated Christ.When I look at that word imitate it initially seems negative to me. When I think of how the word imitate is used in our culture I think we put it in the same category as aCopy, or a Knock off, or faux. But Paul asks us to imitate his life as he imitates Christ.My wife Charlotte, has been a piano teacher for many years, she has seen herstudents excel as state winners, graduate from University’s and also some great musiclovers, because Charlotte love for music, is instilled in her students. Since moving toEureka she has begun once again to teach. She is working through HSU as a Suzukiteacher. She works for the most part with children though part of her guidelines are that theparent learn along side the child. She starts every student the same way. We’ve beenmarried 36 years so I’ve heard the same songs played the same way for many years now.

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