EvangeLectionary for Sunday, January 22, 2017

Texts:Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23

Reflection:

Have you ever tried to hold a conversation with a five-year-old about some imaginary part of their life? The conversation does not need to go on for long before joining in, making peace with their imaginary friend or taking an interest in the world that is being created in this young mind. Even if we wanted to, we couldn’t convince the child of the non-existence of their created world. No amount of logic or factual proof will dissuade this alternate reality.

Just because something doesn’t make rational sense doesn’t mean it isn’t real. At least that’s what the Apostle Paul suggests in this week’s excerpt from 1 Corinthians 1: ”For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  (v. 18) Paul seems to be saying that the power of God is in the eye of the beholder.  Your relative position to a given reality may actually influence your ability to recognize that reality.

As people of faith, we make a conscious decision about our relative position. We choose to view the world and our place in it in reference to the bible, the historical communities of faith, and the current work of God through the Holy Spirit, and in light of the testimony of our friends and family.

We can’t make someone else understand what it means to follow Jesus. Our faith in God cannot really be theorem-proofed. What we can do is tell the stories about what we see and experience as we position ourselves within the narratives of God. Our faith is not make-believe. It may appear as foolishness to some, but the truth is we share what we know, and trust in God for the rest.

Resource:

This scene from the film Fireproof shows the transforming power of God that at first seemed like foolishness. With his marriage on the verge of collapse, Caleb begins to read the bible his father gave him. His wife Catherine begins to see a difference in Caleb. Hear why. http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/fireproof/why-are-you-doing-this

Pray the 27th Psalm.

Hymns/Songs:

We walk by faith text by Henry Alford (1844) and music by Marty Haugen (1983)

Everything Impossible by Mercy Me

‘Tis not with eyes of flesh we see text by Ora Garber (©1951 Church of the Brethren)

v. 1      ‘Tis not with eyes of flesh we wee that Christ is God’s anointed one.

With eyes of faith we know that he is God’s beloved only Son

Eternal king enthroned above, revealer of God’s grace and love.

v. 2      O Christ, you have the words of life – unto no other can we go.

None but yourself can calm our strife, and none but you our hopes can know.

Since you have walked this way before, you are to us the only door.

v. 3      Believing thus, O Son of God, we walk with you along life’s way.

We follow where your feet have trod unto the realm of glorious day.

O fill our hearts with joyous song! Sustain our faith and make us strong!

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