In this week’s Gospel, two people in great distress interrupt and rearrange Jesus’ day. Yet in Jesus we see no flash of anger over what will have to be put off for another day, no hand-wringing over best-laid plans gone astray.
Season after Pentecost | 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; (Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24 or Lamentations 3:23-33; Psalm 30;) 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43
Two Sundays ago, my congregation watched as pillars of smoke and flame spoiled the view of Pike’s Peak from our sanctuary windows. After that, our city—Colorado Springs—experienced mass evacuations that had people gathering a few possessions and heading into smoke-choked streets to hotels, shelters and other people’s homes. In the chaotic days that followed, I sat down to prepare a sermon. I didn’t know where it would be delivered.
“For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” When Paul appeals to the self-emptying nature of Christ as one of the central Christian impulses for generosity, he is ringing a familiar chord. Generosity for the Corinthians is grounded in self-emptying in much the same way that joy and worship are grounded in self-emptying for the Philippians.
by Douglass KeyJune 25, 2012