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Lamplighter - Fr. Ralph

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Aug 2, 2019, 8:31 AM ]

We long for the permanent.  We want our relationships to last forever.  We want stability and tenure in our employment.  We want our savings accounts to last and last.  We want to live active lives into our nineties.  It would be great if our clothing lasted longer.  Even our gadgets should last longer.  In the old days when Bell made our phones, we never needed a new one. 

While we long for permanence, we also work against it.  Some marriages can’t be saved due to the actions of a few, but many marriages can be more permanent.  You have heard me say in a sermon more than once, that when there is trouble in my marriage, I need to change.  I don’t like it, but it is true.  We recently read the gospel lesson in which Jesus sent out seventy disciples to share peace in the towns and villages he was planning to visit.  Jesus told them to stay in one place, and not move about.  He also told them to eat what was put in front of them. 

This was both a literal truth and a metaphor that is true.  There is an attitude behind staying in one place and eating what is put in front of us.  I’ll be the first to say that I have food preferences!  There are beds I find comfortable and some that I don’t.  It is my right to put forward my preferences.  Or is it?

Jesus often taught that we are one with God and one with each other.  When we live into that reality, we get clearer glimpses of the kingdom of God.  It takes work and sacrifice for us to be one with God and one with each other.  We need spend time with God.  We need to spend time with each other. It is important to stay in one place.  It is important to be faithful.  The Apostle says it this way, “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.”  Eat what is put in front of you and don’t move about so much.