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Proper 13, Year C

Ecclesiastes 1:12-14;2:(1-7,11)18-23 - link to NRSV text
Psalm 49 - link to BCP psalter
Luke 12:13-21 - link to NRSV text

We can never ransom ourselves
nor deliver the price of our life.

And that's the folly of the American Dream as I've heard it expressed so many times. We dream of accumulating -- by our own merit, of course, because we're more clever and more industrious than others -- enough to take care of any need, any crisis, in our lives and in the lives of those we care about.

It's a lot more common than we'd like to admit that something arises for which no amount of money or insurance or planning or work can do what we think these things are supposed to do -- keep us handsome and happy and healthy and successful. We can be purpose-driven and prayer-minded too, and we still can't deliver the price of our life, let alone the price of eternal life.

The Good News is that somebody else already did that. Somebody else already did all that was necessary to give you love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Somebody else already did everything necessary to give you what you -- the person you really are, the person you are in Christ -- what you truly need and desire.

What would your life look like if you stopped trying to store up enough money, enough duties fulfilled, enough respect, enough approval, to stave off disaster?

What would your life look like if you really believed that "it is for freedom that Christ has set us free" (Galatians 5:1)?

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. We are free now to live as God's people are called to live -- in the wideness and the wildness of God's mercy.

Thanks be to God!

July 26, 2004 in Ecclesiastes, Luke, Ordinary Time, Psalms, Wisdom Literature, Year C | Permalink

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Dylan's lectionary blog: Proper 13, Year C

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Proper 13, Year C

Ecclesiastes 1:12-14;2:(1-7,11)18-23 - link to NRSV text
Psalm 49 - link to BCP psalter
Luke 12:13-21 - link to NRSV text

We can never ransom ourselves
nor deliver the price of our life.

And that's the folly of the American Dream as I've heard it expressed so many times. We dream of accumulating -- by our own merit, of course, because we're more clever and more industrious than others -- enough to take care of any need, any crisis, in our lives and in the lives of those we care about.

It's a lot more common than we'd like to admit that something arises for which no amount of money or insurance or planning or work can do what we think these things are supposed to do -- keep us handsome and happy and healthy and successful. We can be purpose-driven and prayer-minded too, and we still can't deliver the price of our life, let alone the price of eternal life.

The Good News is that somebody else already did that. Somebody else already did all that was necessary to give you love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Somebody else already did everything necessary to give you what you -- the person you really are, the person you are in Christ -- what you truly need and desire.

What would your life look like if you stopped trying to store up enough money, enough duties fulfilled, enough respect, enough approval, to stave off disaster?

What would your life look like if you really believed that "it is for freedom that Christ has set us free" (Galatians 5:1)?

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. We are free now to live as God's people are called to live -- in the wideness and the wildness of God's mercy.

Thanks be to God!

July 26, 2004 in Ecclesiastes, Luke, Ordinary Time, Psalms, Wisdom Literature, Year C | Permalink

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