Pondering for Sunday: August 11, 2019

Eucharistic Readings for 9th Sunday after Pentecost Proper 14 Year C Track 2

Genesis 15:1-6 Psalm 33:12-22 Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Luke 12:32-40

“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Luke 12:40)

Ok, here is the challenge.  When is it that we do not expect the coming to the Lord?  Being ready is not about preparing for the big day.  It is living everyday as if this day is the day.

If Jesus comes to you next Saturday and ask you when was the last time you prayed what would your answer be?  Would it be “this morning?”  Would it be “last night?”  Would it be last Wednesday at the Healing Service?”  Would it be last Sunday in Church?”  Would it be the last Sunday that you attended a Sunday Service?”  And could it be, “Lord I don’t know?”  No, what we really don’t know is when Jesus will come and ask such a question. And then He’s ready to take us home to that Promised Land that Abraham and Moses looked forward to seeing.

Bishop’s visits are announced.  Our Bishop will visit us next month on the fifteenth of September.  We know that and there is a certain amount of preparation to take place for that event.  But what if Bishop’s visits were unannounced?  “Oh MY God. Look y’all, the Bishop is in the parking lot and coming to our church today!  What are we going to do?”  As Rector here I’ll tell you exactly what we are going to do.  We are going to have church and the Bishop is going to lead and celebrate and I don’t have to worry about whether or not my sermon works or not.

Sometimes we have those unexpected quirks’ that happen at a Sunday service but not everybody is present.  This day and age we will read about such events on social media almost as soon as it happens because phones are active in the pews.  But active phones in the pews won’t relate to you the presence of Jesus should Jesus decide to be at our church on any given Sunday; you know, just to check things out, see whose regular and not just coming when they think he will be here.

Of course I can hear it now, “Man, if I knew Jesus was going to be at our parish today I would have been there.”  Or, “Wow, if I knew Jesus was going to just pop up and ask me the last time I prayed, I would have been praying when he appeared.” Jesus knows that’s what we would say. But that’s not what Jesus is looking for.  Jesus is not looking for you getting ready; Jesus is looking for you being ready. Jesus is not looking for how you want to live your life; Jesus is looking for how you are living your life.

Today’s message is not about tomorrow. It is about now. It is about praying now. It is about looking for Jesus now. It is about expecting Jesus in your life now.  The last thing you want to be texted from the pews is “Jesus came to St Paul’s today and is taking all of us who are here today to Heaven with him.  Sorry you weren’t here.  Love you, bye.” Let’s go the church because it’s Sunday and that’s what we Christians do every week. Like Abraham, we are waiting to go to that Promised Land.  Amen.     

Let us Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+    

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