XIII after Pentecost
September 08, 2019 | Fr. Randall Trego
Rooted in Faith, Growing in Community....
We have been following Luke’s account of Jesus going to Jerusalem where he will become God’s definitive sacrifice for the sin of the world. Isaiah spoke of this long before: “ He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed” (Isaiah 53.5). People watched Jesus closely as he turned the religious norms of the day upside down. He made it known that the door was narrow for those who would be saved, there was no space to squeeze through. It was a door marked by humility; inviting the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind. Today we hear him say it is a narrow door of commitment, of radical discipleship. He was not calling for spectators, but for recruits. He did not mean for people to tag along behind out of curiosity, but rather to throw in all that they had, their time and treasure.
This is where we are this morning. In our meeting in the parish hall you will learn how the Vestry and Search Committee are committed to be alongside Jesus. For me, I am committed to stand by this narrow door to encourage you to put your hand on the latch, so you, too, may enter and follow Jesus to where he leads.