This is grand. This Sunday I am preaching from the texts for St. John’s Nativity, but this is just grand.

Watching for the morning

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Luke 9:51-62

57As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

There is something restless about Christian faith. We are not at peace with the world as it is; we are anticipating its redemption.

Jesus, of course, is speaking to a would-be follower who hasn’t considered the fundamental shift that has taken place with Christ. Before Christ, a person’s fundamental allegiance was to their family of origin. In Christ, one’s fundamental commitment is to the kingdom of God, the age to come, the new creation, the world made whole again.

Before Christ, existence revolved around your kin group. They were your identity, your support, your safety. Their ability to avenge a wrong…

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