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Epiphany 3B 1-25-15 St. Francis Church
Mark tells the story of the calling of the first disciples with his usual sense of urgency and immediate response. Jesus says “Come, follow me” and people drop everything, leave their families and homes, and go, summoned by the compelling presence of the Messiah even before they understand who or what he is. Can we hear this story and not have a moment’s uneasiness for poor old Zebedee left by his sons with the servants to manage his fishing boat. And what of other children, wives, dependent parents of these disciples, we might wonder? But the tug of Christ is undeniable- those called get up and go after the Savior.
Don’t we all know it in ourselves also at times? – the summons of faithful life to draw us forward to what is new. It may be the sense of divine vocation tugging us, or a more mundane necessity of a job in a new place, children leaving home, seniors moving to retirement quarters, a military or corporate posting overseas, and we find ourselves moving farther from those we love in order to honor the call to step forward.
Epiphany +2B* 1/18/15 St. Francis Church
“I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotard on, the class was over.” (overheard online)
When people gather for a funeral, as I was reminded at my Mum’s funeral this week, a social body of the one who has died made up of all their relationships is reconstituted, as those gathered remember and represent the parts of that life. The whole Communion of Saints is gathered, living and crossed-over – including all those who knew that person: childhood friends, teachers, ministers, neighbors, the mailmen, the shopkeeper, the hairdresser, the handyman, the nurses and doctors – a vast assembly who knew that person in good times and bad, in callow youth and old age. These are graced assemblies in which divine love becomes incarnate in a particular way – whether five people or five hundred attend a service.
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