We are settling into Common Time, the "long green season" after the Advent through Pentecost journey. This is time for the church to live into the promise of Pentecost, to embody the Great Commission from last week's gospel reading: "Go into all the world and make disciples of all people ... and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you."
In this week's readings, I am feeling sorely tested by the gospel reading from the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus tells the listeners not to worry about what to eat or drink or what to wear. I am tested, because after a week in Haiti, where people don't have nearly enough to eat or drink, where they mostly wear our American castoffs from items even the Salvation Army doesn't want, I wonder how the people of Haiti hear this message.
There is more hope in the Old Testament reading from Isaiah, when the prophet promises that God has not forgotten the people, any more than a nursing mother forgets her child.
I'm not sure where I'm going yet for Sunday's sermon. Join me in wrestling along with these readings.