Our teaching today is a series of readings which draw from the “Meditations of the Heart” by Howard Thurman and our lectionary scriptures. While Howard Thurman was ahead of his time in many ways, Thurman tended to use masculine pronouns as the default in referring to God and people. In our readings today you may hear us adapt the words to have gender neutral pronouns.
August 16, 2020
Text: John 8:1-11
That gospel reading is one of my favorites.
I love that Jesus did not respond immediately to the religious authorities, but knelt and began writing in the dirt with his finger.
Perhaps he needed a minute to connect with his deepest, truest self in order to respond from that place.
Perhaps Jesus wanted to give them a minute to pause and connect with their own, truest selves.
What we know from the story is that Jesus called them to self-reflection, not as a mob, but as individuals. He said, “Let the ONE who has not sinned be the ONE to cast the first stone.”
Here we are in the midst of the COVID pandemic, which is causing death, causing loss of jobs, causing isolation, contributing to domestic and civil violence, it is causing distrust in our government's decision making ability, and worry about our planet's future.
Our passage in Genesis recalls the powerful vision God gives Jacob. Prior to this event, Jacob’s mom, Rebekah warns Jacob of Esau, his older brother, and Esau’s hatred towards Jacob and his plan to kill Jacob because he had stolen Esau’s blessing with the aid of Rebekah.
As I reach my mid 50’s in this time of the Covid 19 Pandemic and the aftermath of the lynching/ by strangulation by police of George Floyd in Minneapolis, I have been shaken...we all have been shaken by the challenges and threats to our collective welfare. A video replayed over and over of his horrific torture and murder with racial hatred at its core has brought to light the profound suffering for 400 years of black