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Thursday, August 26th, 2010

29 August 2010
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 17C (RCL)

Jeremiah 2:4-13
Psalm 81:1, 10-16
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14

Not so sure what to do with the passage from Jeremiah. I wonder what it means to have changed gods. Have we done it? I’m sure there are plenty of people who would say that the US has gone off the beam — we took down the 10 Commandments from courthouses, no prayer in school, that sort of thing. But I wonder if we, the church, have ever fallen into the trap of changing gods. Baal was the god of fertility (along with his mother/consort Asherah). He made the fields and flocks produce (as well as human society). Have we ever fallen into the seductive trap of measuring the “success” of the church in ways that are in fact detrimental to the life of the Church?

But I’m much more interested in the passages from Hebrews and Luke. Hospitality — (more…)