Summer bloody summer: A Lectionary Reflection.

BAHRAIN-1-articleLargeOccasionally, I have the chance to write for Folio, a fantastic lectionary resource from Beacon Hill Press (check it out here). Below, you will find my August post.

This past week was a difficult one for me. I’m a Ferguson, Missouri native, and from a distance I watched as the streets I called home, and the streets in which I frequently drove were marched upon, bled upon and wept upon.

Now, this post isn’t about the riots. We have neither the space nor time to do this unrest justice. However, in the midst of my pain last week, I found myself comforted by the weekly lectionary passages. Funny how the lectionary does this over and over again, right?

Preaching through Matthew 15, and reflecting on the Canaanite woman, I was reminded that every single one of us approach Christ with a deep unworthiness.

While we are tempted to view ourselves and others through the lens of the law and our ability to obey the rules (our modern day cleanliness law), we must quickly realize we’re never going to be the product of the things we do or don’t do. Our abstaining from [insert item/rule/law/socially acceptable behavior here]

The Canaanite woman reminded me of one simple, yet profound, truth: It is our humility before God which holds the weight of holiness.

In Matthew, it is a nameless gentile woman who reminds us that this humble approach is enough. In a world filled with ego-puffing, self-aggrandizing, political division and instagram-filtered faith, our words hold a greater meaning than the image we project. It is our words, after all, which betray our inner-most thoughts. We are what we eat say.

In the midst of this bloody summer….

Read the rest of this post here.

(Edit note: I changed the post picture due to a feeling that I was possibly propagating a false stereotype and a false understanding within this conflict)


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