For use with Common, Lutheran and Roman Catholic Lectionaries
When Hans Kung in On Being a Christian reflects on the ways in which the Jesus of history depicted love, Kung makes two helpful distinctions. Kung writes that Jesus depicted love by his actions more than by his words and that Jesus advocated two different kinds of love, one kind for God and another kind for people. It is this second distinction that is the principal unifying factor in the texts selected for next Sunday.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?