Thursday, April 11, 2019
“After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.” [Luke 19:28]
Jesus had been in Jericho, healing a blind beggar and eating with Zacchaeus according to the narrative of Luke. Next, Jesus tells the parable of ten pounds, which is similar to the parable of the talents found in the Gospel of Matthew. The text doesn’t tell us if Jesus is still in Jericho or somewhere along the way between Jericho and Jerusalem, but after telling the parable of ten pounds, we read, “After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.” In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is always on the move, moving from one location to another and this passage is no exception. How does Jesus’ continual movement speak to us as a church? Are we on the move, maybe not literally but figuratively? In the church, we have a tendency to stay put, but the gospel narratives suggest that movement not stagnation is the way of the gospel. Spend a few moments reflecting on how the church is moving and how you are part of the movement.
“We find you, O God, moving, always surprising us, always coming at us from a new direction, always planting us and uprooting us, and tearing all things down and making all things new. You are not the God we would have chosen had we done the choosing, for you call us to places we would rather not go,” prays Walter Brueggemann. Always moving God, give me the courage to go where you lead me. Amen.