tug of warCompetition and posturing; as old as humanity itself.  As we read this Sunday’s Gospel passage (found here, the 16th Sunday after Pentecost) we learn nothing new about ourselves.  Nor the lifelong tug-of-war we insist on perpetuating.

But we do learn something new about God–this God of ours, incarnate in Jesus Christ–who does not capitulate nor condone.  For our God exploits no one.  No one is expendable in his kingdom.  All are welcome.

But the disciples…they were silent, the passage says.  How can one begin to control one’s willfulness, if one cannot even own up to it in the first place? 

God of infinite justice, you know our motivations and fears.  Welcome us, also.  Amen.



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