Hope into Reality

25 01 2010

Text:  Luke 4:14-21;

Many organizations, profit or not-for-profit, have a Mission Statement.  In 50 words or less, they seek to sum up exactly their reason for existence and what they hope to accomplish while they’re around.  It may take several meetings for some consensus to come about and lots of wordsmithing usually ensues.

I’ve always loved this passage from the Gospel of Luke in part because when I saw the TV miniseries from what seems like forever ago, “Jesus of Nazareth,” the powerful image of Jesus reading from this scroll from the book of Isaiah and what appears to be all the people of Nazareth are gathered around.  They listen intently to the words Jesus reads from centuries ago …

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me for he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor

He has sent me to proclaim release to the capitves and recovery of sight to the blind

To let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord’s favour.

The men and women wait expectantly to hear the comment that Jesus will make on this Scripture that is meant to inspire and fill us with hope, and after he kisses the scroll, he says

Today, in your hearing, the Scripture has been fulfilled.

With this short passage and short phrase, Jesus reveals his Mission Statement, and that statement is not just a hope for what he wishes to accomplish, but that hope of all the People of God, in him and through him, has become a reality.

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In other news….

20 01 2010

My roommate’s cat has decided it is quite happy that it has now has company during the day.  Dexter invariably climbs into my lap when i sit at the computer, alternates between purring, nibbling on my hands, and tries to sit on the keyboard when he feels i don’t pay enough attention to him.

I am soooo not a cat person, but this feline is determined to win me over.  I should get a pup.

And it doesn’t help that when I come home my roommate tells the cat “oh look, Dex, Daddy’s home!”

Lunching Professionally

20 01 2010

So ….. as some of you know, I’m not working for the time being.  This decision was finalized and came late in the 2009 just before Christmas.  My last day at the investment bank where I worked for the past six and a half years was last Wednesday.

They gave me a several wonderful send-offs, and I was truly touched by everything that was done in honor of my departure.

So, what next?  It would be very tempting to revel in my new found freedom and go off and get into who-knows-what kind of trouble (I can hear SIR and Sista girl saying “as opposed to what you do now?”), but I have decided to be very intentional about the next few weeks.

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Is this thing on?

17 01 2010

Hello, hello, is this thing on?  one ringy-dingy … two ringy-dingies ..

The Reverend boy suddenly remembers he has a blog …