This past week I met one of my favourite rockstars, (a founding member of the Barenaked Ladies). He walked into a restaurant and all the sudden a normal moment became great. Similarly, this week's scripture readings deal with how normal can become great and great becomes normal. Our God's connection with us is anything but normal! Please enjoy this sermon based on the story of Moses being adopted by Pharaoh's daughter and Christ asking Simon Peter, Who am I?
Today's scripture reading brought up themes of pride and how to be authentic as a spiritual practice. In the story of Joseph revealing himself to his brothers (Genesis 45: 1-15) though Joseph has the upper hand and a position of power on a group of brothers who wronged him, he chooses to expose his vulnerable side rather than allow pride to get in the way. The result is an awareness of God's workings in his life and the greater world. Jesus shows the same example in his dealing with the Canaanite who requests help. (Matt 15: 21-28) How is living authentically similar to living a better life of faith? and how is a life better lived when we learn to dismantle pride.
In July I was on vacation for the entire month. The church shut down for the entire month. While away, I hid my cell phone and live under a rock... figuratively speaking. It was a shock to come back to work and the world and hear of what went on? Troubles near and far. While coming back from a time of isolation Christ has a similar reaction... he assures us it's normal, and it's a good situation to be in to help in his miracles working as we reach out with our hearts in compassion to help the world's hurt.
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