|Jill and David Boyd|
Thank you David Boyd for sharing your sermon from the weekend of June29-30.
An audio file for this can be found on our web-site: http://www.discoverstmark.org/308226.ihtml
You speak to your people from burning bushes, from whirlwinds, and from silence;
Speak to each of us today in a voice that we recognize,
so we may understand your call to us through your word,
And as we hear and understand, gives us hearts to follow; living lives filled with the love and compassion.
We pray this in the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.
51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53but they did not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem. 54When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’* 55But he turned and rebuked them. 56Then* they went on to another village.
Would-Be Followers of Jesus
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ 58And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ 59To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ 60But Jesus* said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ 61Another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’ 62Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’
At this point in the gospel according to Luke, Jesus knows where he is going and he is clearly determined to get there. Jesus has “set his face to go to Jerusalem,” and nothing apparently is going to get in his way. Rather than choosing a route to Jerusalem that would take him and his disciples through friendly territory, Jesus chooses the most direct route to Jerusalem by traveling through Samaria. And, not surprisingly, the Samaritan’s historic hostility towards Jews quickly surfaces as they refuse to receive him and his followers, leaving them without shelter. Angered by the insult, James and John ask Jesus if they can exact vengence on the Samaritans. But as we might expect, Jesus rejects their appeals for a violent retribution against the Samarians and simply moves on to the next village.