August 13, 2018
Wake Up, Sleeper. Let Christ’s Light Shine.
August 13, 2018
One benefit of using the Daily Lectionary is reading Scripture that we don’t often hear or we’ve forgotten. Today’s readings from 2 Samuel 19 and Ephesians 5 are good examples. We remember David’s story mostly from his triumphs, but here we learn of his suffering, a parent whose much-loved son and most of his people have turned against him. Even facing personal danger, he shows his concern for others, including the foreigners who had sought asylum in his country and the people in the countryside who weep over his retreat.
We also see David coming humbly before God, covering his head and weeping. David’s meekness in prayer before God, his willingness to acknowledge his sins, is remarkable in a man of such great power and reputation. What will become of him after this sad chapter of his life? The readings for the coming days will tell us.
Ephesians 5:1-14 is more familiar, but looking around us, we are struck by how our culture has dismissed this guidance. Early Christians were told to live with “Not even a hint of sexual immorality, or impurity, or greed.” No “obscenity, foolish talk, or coarse joking.” The media today seem mesmerized with all of the above. How can we respect people in prominent positions whose crude behavior and greed are notorious? We know that in Paul’s time the apostles were especially concerned that Christians not call attention to themselves in any way that would bring down more persecution or be an excuse for non-Christians to dismiss their way of life. But what about our own time? Don’t we have the same calling to “live as children of light,” to reject “deeds of the darkness”? “Wake up, sleeper,” so the world can see that “Christ will shine on you!”
QUESTIONS FROM THE FIELD
- The Gospels speak of sin in terms of whatever keeps us from knowing God or being close to God.
- How can greed prevent our relationship with God?
- What about “foolish talk,” and other behaviors mentioned in Ephesians 5?
- What is there about David that makes him remembered as a good leader in spite of all his failings?
FAMILY FIELD TALK
- Remember together stories of David’s bravery and adventures as a young shepherd boy.
- What do we expect of our leaders today?
- How do we want them to behave when something goes wrong?
Shine on us, Jesus Christ. Wake us up from our sleep and show how to live as children of light. Let our lives reflect your works of mercy and love so that people may come to know the goodness of following in your steps. Let your Spirit guide us on the way to peace. Amen.