What I’m Thinking: Present

Jesus urged his listeners to be alert for the coming of the “Son of Man.” How did nobody realize that he was right there in front of them?

Here’s a transcript:

My apologies for the background noises today. We’re having some paint work done at Church of the Holy Cross, and it comes with some extra noise.

In the midst of it all, I am finding my way to thinking about the twelfth chapter of Luke (Luke 12:32-40). This is a section where Jesus starts talking about urgency and about attentiveness, that God does in fact want to give the realm of heaven to God’s people, but it is critically important to be aware and awake and alert. Have your lamps lit. Be ready like the servant preparing for the householder’s return. Be awake, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

It’s a funny thing that the Son of Man to whom Jesus referred so often was Jesus himself.

The Son of Man was coming at such an unexpected hour that the hour was right there and then.

And this, I think, is the both the secret and the obvious of the Christian faith: that Jesus is already here. God’s promises are already fulfilled. The Holy Spirit is present with us right now.

Just like the painters.

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m curious to hear what you’re thinking. Leave me your thoughts in the comment section below; I’d love to hear from you.

With sorrow and aloha for the grieving and wounded of El Paso and Dayton.

May God lead us in wisdom and righteousness to days without violence.

Categories What I'm Thinking | Tags: , | Posted on August 5, 2019

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