James calls Abraham a “friend of God.” In this week’s reading from Exodus, Moses presumes upon a similar divine friendship to offer God advice.
Season after Pentecost | 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; (Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23;) Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14
A shepherd’s staff has a crook for drawing the sheep away from danger, and a blunt end for prodding them toward places they would rather not go. This week’s texts embrace the tension between the two in the shepherd’s role.
It feels to me like evil is hovering over the prison in the form of a government ready to kill a woman who prayed with me when my father was dying of cancer. There isn't a thing I can do about it except pray this psalm and damn if we can't get it right.
"Why you even invite us to any of this," asked Richard, "if you’re just gonna humiliate us and throw us out?"
by Chris HokeJanuary 21, 2015