|Pen and Ink Reflections||
Our little confirmation group had a spirited conversation last week, looking at Scripture and how it came to be formed and how we might now interpret it. We were helped along by the early realisation that most of us have what was described as a ‘pick and MISS’ relationship with scripture. Now if that idea offends you, you might want to shut your ears for a few minutes. What we meant was that not all of scripture nourishes us – and certainly not all of scripture nourishes us all, all of the time. In fact, some of it could be seen as down-right dangerous and bad for our mental health. This brings us to today’s parable – which quite frankly I might have been inclined to put in the ‘miss’ bucket. It is attributed only to Matthew, which might give us pause to begin with, and its sentiments seem to run counter to much of what Jesus says in other places. But here it is in the lectionary, so what are we going to do with it?...
by Penny Jones (for Pentecost 22 year A)
Apparently there are something like 46 days till Christmas. Now you know that’s a really, really long time! In fact, it is 66,240 minutes! – and an unimaginable number of seconds. And the really good thing is that it takes approximately three seconds to reconnect with God and remember what it is all supposed to be about – about the time it takes to breathe in and breathe out once. Which must mean we have over 200,000 chances of connecting with God and remembering how much God loves us before Christmas alone – never mind in the rest of our lives. So I believe that God’s invitation to you over the next 46 days, is to take some of those 200,000 opportunities to connect with God, and to bask in the warmth of God’s love, which is as intense and as full as the love of bridegroom for bride as today’s story suggests...