By the Reverend Dr. Warren Crews
When I was a young child, I was pretty strong willed. However, I was up against two strong-willed parents, each in their own very different way. My mother once told me that when I was very young, if I didn’t get my way, I would hold my breath until I turned blue and pass out. Scared her to death! Not my dad, however. After a couple times of doing that, he got a bucket of cold water and threw it on me. After that I knew that disobedience had physical consequences with my dad. My mother very different: she just gently persisted endlessly with what she wanted, until I gave in. What I don’t remember is either of them ever suggesting that if I loved them, then I would want to do whatever they asked me to do! But, that is exactly what Jesus is proposing to the disciples in our gospel lesson. Let’s take a look at it.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Episcopal Church developed the Habits of Grace podcast in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the podcast's page on the national church's website:
As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’
We'll publish the rest of this series on Wednesdays through the month of May. The complete series is available at the main page linked above.
By the Reverend Sally Weaver
A power that cannot be controlled ruthlessly changing the world. For the world of Jesus, it was the might of Rome. For us today, it’s the coronavirus. “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
People displaced from their livelihoods. In first-century Palestine, taxation and absentee landlords caused peasant farmers to lose their lands and their living. Currently in the United States, 33 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits. “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
People going hungry. Under Roman domination the at-risk population grew; only those who worked that day could afford to eat that day. Today hundreds of cars line up for a trunkful of food from pantries across the nation. “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
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