Who are we? Who is Jesus? What do the two have to do with each other?

These are some of the questions that capture my imagination often. I have lost count of the sermons I have preached on those questions and the conversations I have had about them.

These are questions of identity that press us to think deeply about key values, ways of looking at the world, and the place of faith in our lives. It is easy to sing about Jesus, to hear about Jesus, and to claim to believe in Jesus. It is much harder to follow Jesus.

The apostle Paul wrote some of the most stunning verses in all of scripture about who Jesus is: “the image of the invisible God,” “the firstborn of all creation,” “the head of the body,” “the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.”

God’s incarnation makes reconciliation possible. God in the flesh paves the way by self-sacrifice, by humility, and by a willingness to meet us where we are.

We humans are “estranged and hostile in mind.” We are the ones who ignore the commands of God: the ones who break covenants, who are prideful, who fail to live into God’s ways.

The Spirit of God invites us into the awe and wonder of who Jesus is and the awe and wonder of being a reconciled people. The Spirit invites us into the recognition that by the power of the Holy Spirit we too can be agents of reconciliation.

Remember that going on this reconciliation journey means that we’ll follow Jesus’ model of sacrifice, humility, and struggle. If we choose this way, the hard way, it will in the end make us rooted, hopeful, and connected with our true selves and with all of creation.

God, awaken in us the awe and wonder of who Jesus is and—through him—who we can be. Amen.

Pray the Scriptures Using Audio Lectio
Read Luke 10:38-42

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Lectionary Week
July 11–17, 2022
Scripture Overview

This reading from Amos provides more indication of the reasons for God’s coming judgment. Too many in Israel have been oppressing the poor. They cannot wait for religious festivals to end so that they can make more money through corrupt trade, including what we now call human trafficking. If we understand the psalmist to be David, the warning he issues in this passage concerns Saul. Because Saul has turned to evil, God will not allow him to remain in power. While God is love, God also sometimes brings judgment. The author of Colossians extols the elevated status of Christ, who has reconciled us to himself through his death. In Luke, Mary prioritizes spending time with Jesus, while Martha focuses on working for Jesus. It is Mary who receives Jesus’ praise.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Amos 8:1-12. Who in your community has been left behind? How can you care for them?
Read Psalm 52. How do you remain rooted in God’s steadfast love when you cry out against injustice?
Read Colossians 1:15-28. What do you need to let fall away to reveal the mystery of Christ in you?
Read Luke 10:38-42. How do you focus on Christ even as you attend to the necessary tasks of daily life?

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