It’s been that kind of week and the Preachers’ Table has been kind of empty. Now that it’s Friday, let’s jump right in.
The story of Lydia is a beautifully subtle conversion story, with the gentle winds of the Spirit moving through her family and through God’s disciples. Every time Paul closes his eyes God is calling him to a place he would never imagine. He comes into the home of a powerful, wealthy woman, and yet there is something very humble about her coming to Christ.
We have also come to almost the end of Revelation, that beautiful image of the tree of life for the healing of the nations. The most compelling image is of the complete indwelling of the presence of God, in and through all people and all things.
Our gospel continues in John’s farewell discourse. When I left my parish three years ago at this time, these readings were like a knife to the heart every week, wanting to bestow so much love on my congregations before I left. We have been preaching on the Revelations passages this Easter season, and the gospel lessons have given us a good context. One could read John alone and hear the message, “All you need is love” but the readings from Revelation remind us of a much deeper call to salvation and redemption.
How are you wrapping up the Easter season?