June 25, 2017
The lectionary scriptures this week focus mostly on being identified with Jesus, the cost of that way of life, and the life that that brings. It is described as a way of being made free and alive. God has a new way of life for us if we can dare to try it out.
Jesus speaks of this in the Matthew passage. He is talking to the disciples about what might happen because they’ve chosen to follow him. He says that he came to break up the cozy little family arrangements that provide stability and security and to free his followers for God. He adds that if they prefer their family over him they don’t deserve him. Wow! That is serious stuff! Mostly what I think Jesus is referring to here is security of home, lifestyle, and comfort. However, family also provides community for people. What Jesus is saying is that they have to be willing to recreate community … to be open to new, unstable, unpredictable ways of living.