A big theme running through all of this week’s lectionary texts is that of “authority” -- God tells us that he will raise up prophets with authority to speak God’s words, and Jesus’ teaching in the synagogue is described as “astounding” because he “taught them as one having authority.” In this installment of The Immediate Word, team member Dean Feldmeyer examines what characteristics give us authority when we speak -- and notes that one of the traditional sources of authority in our culture, the news media, has lost much of the authority it once commanded.
Christopher Keating Mary Austin Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For March 18, 2018:
Written on the Heart by Chris Keating -- New laws are always arising, yet none of our laws can compare with God’s promised covenant -- a law Jeremiah says will be planted within us.
Seeds by Mary Austin -- The image Jesus uses of a seed falling into the earth grounds his message in the understanding of resurrection hope as an organic process. Mary looks at how hope emerges through these simple, almost undetectable actions.
One of the German army prison camps during World War II was divided into two sections. In order to keep tighter control of captured Allied soldiers, British and Commonwealth internees were segregated from American captives. A fence and out-of-bounds territory on either side of it marked a no-man’s-land where machine-gun fire would kill those who strayed suspiciously close to one another.
Praxis the colourful pixie was a bright shining pink, with a tinge of orange around the edges. He not only felt extremely well and healthy, but he was also very excited, because the wise old pixie was coming to visit. Praxis had a special relationship with the wise old pixie, who was the only other pixie in the whole world (as far as Praxis knew) who changed colour according to his feelings. The wise old pixie was so old and so wise, that mostly he was a radiant shining white, unlike Praxis who could be any colour of the rainbow.
Today our Lenten journey takes us to a festival and attending the festival are some Greeks. The mention of Greeks in our text for today is important. They were wanderers of the ancient world and they were seekers of the truth. We can surmise that these Greeks were what was known as "Godfearers" who attended Jewish synagogues and festivals. Their inclusion in this narrative has meaning because it is symbolic of the coming of Gentiles to worship God through Christ.