Lectionary Reflections BlogThoughts on the lectionary passages for the Fifth Sunday after The Epiphany (February 9, 2014)

by Rev. Jim Ogden

Some of this week’s readings triggered images from the religious worldview of my childhood.  Many Christians are prone to draw lines between those who are in and those who are out.  In some of my childhood churches we actually thought we could see the difference.  It was sort of a game to sit on the train and decide which of the passengers were Christians and which were not.  Don’t laugh!  We were serious.  Of course, it was mostly based on things like lack of lipstick and makeup (prohibited for Christians), etc.

Several of today’s readings are about faith which shows also.  This time, though, it’s not about them and us.  It’s about us and how our faith is expressed. In my earlier experiences we also believed that faith made a difference, but it was often shown in a narrow morality rather than in terms of the broad commitment to peace and justice we see in the prophets.

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