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We the people of Glen Rhodes United Church, are determined that our life together will be fully inclusive for people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, differing abilities, ethnic origins and economic circumstances. Therefore, we hope that God will work in us so that we will be a sensitive congregation, willing to share our faith and gifts in language and worship, in the life and work of our church and wherever God calls us to do justice in the wider community, with compassion, fun and laughter

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

“Comfort food “Robin Wardlaw October 6, 2013  
 
Creation Time 5, Pentecost 21, Year C
Readings: Lamentations 1:1-6; (Lamentations 3:19–26); Psalm 137; (2 Timothy 1:1-14); Luke 17:5-10

“We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!” That sounds harsh, not exactly comforting. It’s a complicated table, in some ways. It unites us with other Christians around the world. It divides us. It calls us to imagine a life of serving, but someone has to be served, to eat what is served. Today on Worldwide Communion Sunday, we’re thinking about a very large fellowship of people who break bread and remember the new covenant in Christ. Two billion people, roughly, who imagine life in relationship to service. And forgiveness. And on a good day, daring love, that offers affliction to the comfortable and comfort to the afflicted.
Because the weeping didn’t end back in biblical times, as we know all too well. Back then, lonely Jerusalem wept. Now it’s parents in Iraq or northern Nigeria, those affected by narco-terrorism, by random violence, those with personal, private tears. Where is their comfort food? Back then, Jerusalem had been conquered and subdued. Not pretty. Exiles weep. Those left behind weep. They have been dragged to a foreign capital, separated from kin and country. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Tears still flow in conquered cities and refugee camps. When will the table and the loaf replace the bomb and the gun? When will we break bread in the presence of our enemies, not bodies?
Jesus started that holiest of nights with a ceremony celebrating freedom, the Passover meal. Every year Jews remember the miracle of escape from slavery and possession of a land of their own. There is a lamb, bitter herbs, salty water, flat bread, a cup of wine, and questions to children that help everyone review all the elements of the Exodus story. Jesus and his friends ate the meal in a city filled with tension as imperial officials kept a clampdown on any expression of nationalism or insurrection. Then he took bread and made it the symbol of a new covenant, a reinterpretation of the covenant. No killing of an animal, no blood—a non-violent table, the heart of a non-violent faith. His followers soon realized this was a covenant not limited to any one people. Christian commitment to non-violence has been…spotty.
Take this bread and recommit yourself to non-violence. Drink this cup and cherish being able to reconnect with all that is holy in creation by sharing at table with others. Do these things and remember all the other people and groups also committed to peaceful solutions to thorny problems: all the people ministering to those aching, broken, alone, captive, and to the planet itself. All the Christ events, in other words, that circle the earth at any given moment: cups of cold water, visits, food, advocacy, mediation, bandages, negotiation, de-escalation, tears of reconciliation, grace.
Have faith. Even a little is enough. Let this table comfort you, and let it feed your ministry, your passion for a world of peace, your presence as a comfort to others.

 

 

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