let go – Good News for November 12

12 11 2010

Luke 17:26-37

Jesus said to his disciples, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind.

Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.”

They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.”

The Daily Path: How many times have we watched a movie in which one of the characters passes on certain safety only to go back into harm’s way trying to retrieve the treasure or something “valuable” they left behind? And what happens?

BANG! WHACK! AAAAAAAAAGH!

What will I do on that day when I know I have a choice? Like today, for example. I’ll have lots of choices to follow love or follow treasure. Will I be a grumpy old man, rigid in my ways, attacking everything that gets in the way of ME? Or will I let go and follow Christ?

What will it be? Fire and brimstone? Pillar of salt? Freddie Krueger? Or letting go on the only path home?

 





Good Coming To A Theater Near You – Good News for December 28

28 12 2008

Luke 2:22-40

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, They took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord”,  and to offer the sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons”, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit  that he should not see death  before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus  to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;  and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,  “Behold, this child is destined  for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted  —and you yourself a sword will pierce—  so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

There was also a prophetess, Anna,  the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,  and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple,  but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time,  she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child  to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;  and the favor of God was upon him.

The Daily Path: Over the past two days I’ve spent an unusual amount of time in couch potato mode while dealing with a virus that Santa delivered in my stocking. In that time I’ve done the only two things I’m capable of at the moment, sleep and watch television. I couldn’t help but notice one ad for a film titled The Unborn. The movie has something to do with evil trying to take hold of someone. This ad, with its graphic images of evil at work, plays over and over… usually the sign of a bad movie.

What struck me was this: Why is the onslaught of evil so often glorified? Why can’t Good News be a screenplay worthy of Hollywood’s millions and its mighty marketing machine? Why can’t the audience of evil change its taste?