Even if you take this at face value it is talking about what the end
times are not. These times are not what it is going to be like. Nor do
any of these things say anything about when it all comes to and end. All
it says these things will be signposts on the way. You can't measure
what Jesus is taliing about here, not by time and not by description.But
then what kind of faith is it that rests on this kind of stuff, this
gory glory that seems to be part of the language about second comings and end times and long spent dreams of an apocalyptic God. It says something about a persons personality if Mark 13 is high on their faith moments.
there is something far deeper and more spiritual to be said that is
full of promise and truth. And it is quite simple:
If you are
going through hard times, keep going. Wasn't it Winston Churchill who
said something like that: If you are goijng through hell, keep going.
Maintain you witness to the truth of God and the justice of God's reign
in difficult times. It is in these times the Gospel is more than at
others times. In these times you have to rely on it more, and discover
what is true about it.
So hang in in there, look forward in
faith, which takes us onto the questions of what hymns to sing on
Sunday? Anyone like to make some suggestions? And how would you read
this passage in a congregation that helps them engage? And what about
incidental music: popular or classical that might be used as a sound
scape for this passage?
Just click the comment button and help shape the service...
Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Just click the dowload button at the top of the blog. An early Christmas present, though a bit later than intended. There may be a few typos. Apologies. If you note anything significant, give us an email and we will update. But it is all there to make your Christmas season all justice and goosebumps. Enjoy.
You'll also get more discussion on this website from now on with a starter for the week and some ideas and thoughts so feel free to join in.
The Widow's Mite. A widow, therefore poor because the social system
left noting for a woman who was a widow, gives all she has while the
wealthy offer but a small fraction of what they have. This generosity is
love and it is the same generosity of love God has towards us.
Traditional reading and perfectly true.
Then there is the background scene: the juxtaposition of a widow who
has so little giving such a huge proportion of what she has to an
institution that devours it. The temple wasn't sympathetic. Yet here the
widow still gives. Perhaps she sees beyond the institution.
It is Remembrance Sunday this weekend. Is there something about that
same juxtaposition of the sacrifice of others who give of themselves and
the institution they give towards? Not just government and economy but
quite simply us who remember. Do we just take the sacrifice, pay it lip
service and take it for granted without recognising how corrupt that is?
This is not about being more like the faithful widow. That's not a
sermon worth listening to. This is about recognising the cost to those
who couldn't afford it, and for us to recognise the corruption of an
institution be it nation, community or government (or all three) who
accepts it without questioning the cost.