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The Speaker knows wisdom and righteousness but also knows that death has the final say over all. As Paul reminds us, if there is no resurrection of the dead and if Christ has not been raised then our faith is pure vanity. 1 Cor. 15:14.
There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot; A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build; A time to weep…
But Christianly understood death is by no means the last thing of all, hence it is only a little event within that which is all, an eternal life. – Sören Kierkegaard
I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. – Albert Camus
The Speaker begins his teaching with the recognition of the Absurd – life makes no coherent sense, life is not fair, and life is not just. For the Speaker and for us, therefore, the question arises as to how he/we respond to this recognition. This is the story of Lent.
Only once we realize that all of our thoughts, all of our theologies, all of our world view, and even our very existence is vanity and futile and pointless and meaningless can we begin to walk with Jesus.
This is my favorite book of the Old Testament, and next to the writings of John, my favorite book in all of Scripture. Within Ecclesiastes, we are given insight into one person’s struggle to make sense of reality.
In following Jesus the Messiah, we are a people of prayer, of proclamation, and of an abiding humility. We follow him in peace, respecting the dignity of others, and caring for their physical needs. And, like the Messiah, we are a people of forgiveness and reconciliation. This is what it means,…
Therefore, as you go out into the world this week, seek out the Canaanite in your life. Seek out that person or group for whom you are certain stands outside of God’s Kingdom. Engage them without judging them and be ready for God to work within them and within you.
This is our calling. A calling to imitate our Lord and our God. For like him, we are to sow the love of God abundantly and without distinction among all people. For no person is beyond being a recipient of the Grace and Love of Jesus Christ.
Be disloyal to the powers and expectations of the world. Be disloyal to the wealth and privilege given to you. And go to debtors. Go where you are called to serve. For there you will find Christ. For there, you will find your eternal home.
But the overall purpose of this parable isn’t to teach us that God will always welcome us home. And it isn’t to tell us to be a joyful rule follower. Rather, the heart of the parable, and indeed the very heart of the Gospel, is to teach us what it means…