Sunday, June 10, 2012
I worship in a congregation whose members sometimes hesitate before responding to scripture readings with â€śThanks be to God!â€ť On one Sunday, after hearing Jesusâ€™ parable of the sheep and the goats and the strong words of warning at the end of that parable, they were so restrained that the liturgist looked up from his Bible and remarked, â€śYouâ€™re not so sure about that, are you?â€ť It was a penetrating observation. Judgment, warning and division often make us stammer out our thanks. This narrative from Mark contains all three of those elements. Yet its words also call for our thankful response.
This article is available to subscribers only. Please subscribe for full accessâ€”subscriptions begin at $4.95. Already have an online account? Log in now. Already a print subscriber? Create an online account for no additional cost.