1 Kings 17:17-24 (Psalm 30); Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7:11-17 | Semi-continuous first reading: 1 Kings 17:8-16, (17-24) (Psalm 146)
The Bible is full of strange things—oil cruets and flour containers that never become empty and young bodies that are restored to life at a word from Jesus. Are we supposed to believe that these things happened? Maybe the ancient peoples did, but we moderns suffer under the curse of Bultmann’s lightbulb: we know why the light switches on. We are cursed by rationalities that prevent us from seeing the Bible as one overarching story in which our own lives play a key role.