Month: September 2022

September 25: The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

As Fred Craddock summarizes the core of this parable, “wherever some eat and others do not eat, there the kingdom does not exist, quote whatever Scripture you will.” That’s a hard message for me to hear not just knowing about the systems in place that lead to hunger and homelessness in King and Snohomish Counties, but also the way the United States is the wealthiest country in the world and yet there are people starving domestically globally. I’m a part of this society I’m a steward of the wealth that this nation holds and hoards, if only a fraction compared to others.

September 18: The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

It’s possible that Jesus is suggesting – as later church writers wholeheartedly proclaimed – that this level of wealth is just bad. The common parlance today including by the children of Patagonia’s founder is “Every billionaire is a policy mistake.” Jesus may be saying that they’re moral mistakes as well particularly with counties, towns, and countries domestically and globally not having reliable access to clean drinking water and people being lied to about having jobs waiting only to be dropped off on an island. While Jesus is challenging this issue he’s continuing to invite us to do something, like I talked about two weeks ago..

September 4: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Following Jesus and working for justice aren’t weekend warriorships of protests and counting arrests for civil disobedience as badges of honor. Changing policy takes networking and relationship building. Passing legislation is a slog that takes organizing and growing movements one by one. Growing into the full stature and likeness of Christ is looking at the end of the road and only seeing the Cross.