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O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, "Do not be afraid, Abram, I
am your shield; your reward shall be very great." But Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" And Abram said, "You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir." But the word of the LORD came to him, "This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir." He brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your descendants be." And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness. Then he said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess." But he said, "O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?" He said to him, "Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him. When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the LORD made a covenant
tomorrow. I noticed that I was thinking back to Christmas Day when I preached to a smaller group of the faithful. “I must preach…” They begin to echo fear more than excitement. and the next day I must be on my way. "To your descendants I give this land. "Get away from here. your house is left to you. "Go and tell that fox for me. I stand before the entire congregation. Jerusalem. let it be said once more for the record. These words have been resonating in my mind for the last few weeks. And dramatic as it may seem. I must preach today! . from the river of Egypt to the great river. the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.with Abram. you will not see me until the time comes when you say. the river Euphrates. Yet today. Within me there is a churning sea full with the ebbing and flowing waves of doubt and pressure. I envision a sea of parishioners waiting to hear what I might say. And I tell you. So. As I began to work on this sermon. because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem. I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow.' Jerusalem. Yet today. for Herod wants to kill you. And as I speak these words.” We can only pray that God might transform my fears and doubts into faith and righteousness like He transformed the doubts and fears of Abram. and you were not willing! See. 'Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. 'Listen.'" I must preach February 24th. and on the third day I finish my work." Luke 13:31-35 Some Pharisees came and said to Jesus." He said to them. How much I long to hear the words God spoke to Abraham when he was only Abram. “Do not be afraid. saying.
” Jesus. I am busy “casting out demons and performing cures. that I am doing my ministry. the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!” “Jerusalem. and “…tell that fox” that I am working. Jerusalem. and proclaim to ourselves.In today’s Gospel reading.” “Yet today. In asserting all of these things Jesus really asserts just one thing that. These are not prophecies in the divine sense. Jesus is Messiah but also mankind vocalizing its ultimate “I must…” Jesus confesses. I must be on my way” Jesus states with greater fervor that Herod’s plans are not his plans. “God must be present in the world and that God must work through His creation. admit. “I must…” How many times have I believed in these words. tomorrow. I must follow my Lenten practices. God in Christ even goes as far as to model how to must and presents us with the frightening reality that oftentimes when we must it is not easy. through humanity. I must perform cures.. God compels us and if we are open to hearing Him and committed enough to following His Son and His Spirit then we will always find that God is most evidently present in the moments where and when we confess. tomorrow. I must pray diligently. admits.” How many times have I spoken those words. I must and we must over and over again. “I must…”. but it does mean that God becomes and is manifest in the world through the very fact that we must. “I must…” And as we are in the season of Lent full with our Lenten practices. For saying. Pharisees come to Jesus to offer him warning. We must find better ways to own and use guns. not what Jesus sees as the divine plan. We must make time for our families. …I must advocate for our children and youth. to our brothers and sister. Jesus’ immediate response is that the Pharisees should go to Herod..” Jesus continues “Yet today. “I must…” does not always mean that we will bring into being that which we desire. to must can cause us . that crafty and deceitful one. How many times have these words birth my faith into action. I wonder how and why you must? God gifts us with desires and passions that compel us to do the work of God in the human world. So as I continue to examine the humanity of Jesus Christ I find that I relate most to this Gospel in the moments when Jesus says the words. and the next day. eventually. and proclaims that “I must cast out demons. and the next day. Jesus speaks. we create room for God to enter into the world and to transform more of it into the Kingdom of Heaven. I must… or that We must… These are the most powerfully prophetic words a human being can state. “ Jerusalem. I confess I feel a sense of doubt and possibly fear in these passages. “I must live. Jerusalem…” these are perhaps the most pitiful words Jesus ever spoke. “I must. I must be on my way. and to all the world that. When we must. I must die. I must be on my way—and even.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world. I would have it say this: You must be the change God wishes to see in the world. And yet in this plea. Later in the Gospel of Luke. not my will. our communication with the divine. More importantly in our everyday attempt at confessing. God most desires to know what things we will do because of our joys and sadness. admitting. God is inviting us into a Holy Lent through our particular practices of I must and we must. Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives to pray. It’s not the kind of thing we want from our messiahs. “I must.” Jesus shows us. Mahatma Ghandi is often quoted. And so today. if you are willing. but yours be done.. what is it that we must do to accept these invitations. God answers our prayers by calling us to action. For when you prayerfully must and faithfully live out what it is you must do then there is little difference between your desires and God’s desires. there is something akin to an I must. This is a very human act coming out of a very human moment for our Lord and Savior. take this cup from me…” It’s not the kind of thing we expect of our deities.. Jesus speaks with God. we become holy. if you are willing.” And this is the reason why. In discerning what we must do and actually doing it. . And however you may choose to complete the statement. But God does not just stop at hearing us. and proclaiming that we must. “Yet. take this cup from me…” This is a plea. Jesus finishes by saying. tomorrow. For “I must…” is the proof that God ever moves in our world and in us. what things must we do because of our righteous anger. a relational meeting with God in which He wants us to tell Him about our lives. We become set apart from the world but we also become God in the world. Prayer is simple as a one-on-one. we find complete harmony with God. God will even ask what makes us angry. and to see us live those things out. these musts most faithfully come out of our prayers. In this time and place.excruciating pain spiritually and physically. “Father. I must preach today.” And though I love this quote. God wants to hear about what brings us joy and what brings us sadness. and the next day. Amen. In short. “Father. I would amend it slightly. all of us must strive to live by these words. we are asking how God invites us into holiness in every season of our life.