When you go from this table into a city that at times leaves you with a bitter taste that keeps the words from coming, I pray that just a mustard seed of the story we share will get you through. I hope you’ll remember the faces on the altar mantle that lift you into tomorrow. And I trust that you will find grace in the last place you look. In the name of the one who laughs, weeps, and goes with us each and every day. Amen.
So the rich man speaks and Lazarus stays silent and we are the witnesses. We see how Lazarus is dismissed, made powerless; and then we are shown the deep compassion God has for those who have been silenced. We witness Abraham, the advocate, who stands in the chasm and defends Lazarus’ humanity. Lazarus, Abraham states, will not be made the rich man’s messenger. People are not to be used, but to be loved.
The owner calls in the manager. “You have been squandering my money! You are fired!” Panic sets in. He does an honest assessment. He hasn’t been a day laborer in forever so he isn’t strong enough to go back to that kind of work. He knows himself and that he is too proud to beg, so he hatches a plan. The manager calls in those who owe the owner money. They don’t know he has been fired, so he gets away with a very shrewd move. In each case he reduces the amount that is owed to the landowner in hopes that once he is no longer employed these people might be his friends, might show him mercy in return. The landowner gets wind of what has happened, calls in the manager and compliments him on his savvy business dealings…what??!!
Three stories of brokenness: a broken flock, a broken necklace, a broken family. Three stories of brokenness that end with the promise of wholeness. Stories that invite us to enter in and consider the ways in which we become lost. Lost from community, lost from ourselves, lost from God. Stories that invite us to allow God to find us anew. Stories that reveal to us a God who will not rest until restoration is complete.
Just Water the Donkeys A Meditation On Luke 13: 10 – 17 Rev. Cathy C. Hoop Grace Presbyterian Church August 25, 2019 Did you know that in Nevada it’s illegal to drive a camel on the highway? Or that in Alaska, it is illegal to wake a sleeping bear and take a picture of it?