I’m not the only preacher who wonders occasionally about the logic of the Sunday lectionary readings. Why is this text included but not that one? I usually conclude that someone wiser than I is choosing these texts and that the logic of it will be revealed to me if I stay with the texts long enough.
The greatest Christmas carol in history was not written by Irving Berlin or Nat King Cole. The greatest carol is not “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” or “White Christmas” or even “Silent Night.” The greatest carol was composed 2,000 years ago by a pregnant teenage girl who was visiting her cousin Elizabeth.
“Are you scribes gone awry?” Jesus asks us. “Have you got good religion?”
This Hebrews text is a word crafted for a specific people by a caring preacher.
We see in Bartimaeus's story the same basic elements that are present in the calling of Jesus’ first disciples.
People who are satisfied and content do not seek Jesus—only those who know there is something missing from their lives.