Summer greetings, beloved Bay Shore!
Our Gospel reading this week is not a favorite (Matthew 15:21-28, verses are always in the Beacon attachment). Even so, I have three homilies prepped for it. I imagine that on Sunday morning, I’ll know which one I will do. I promise, I will not do all three. But these verses go against my own personality.
Why? You know the idiom about the squeaky wheel? I am not a fan. Why do we have to be “squeaky” and beg, plead, cry and stomp our feet to be heard? Why? Can’t our “yes” be a yes, and our “no” be a no (this, too, is from the Bible)? Can’t we simply make a request one time vs. a constant pounding on the door until our request is filled?
On the other hand, if people are ignoring you, sometimes you must be forceful, like the woman in our verses for Sunday. As I said, I am torn. What I may consider to be a squeaky wheel, another may consider it to be a call for action. And what you may consider to be a line that cannot or should not be crossed—I consider that all lines can be easily removed by the Holy Spirit. Being church together is often messy. Our verses for Sunday show it always has been. Something to think about when we disappoint one another, or get frustrated by viewing the same topic differently.
I hope to see you this Sunday at 10. But if you cannot make our service then, you can always watch it later through our YouTube channel. Soon, with the completion of our AV projects, we will feature a streaming worship service and more on this channel. Be sure to subscribe and bookmark it. As for this Sunday, I’ll choose one of my homilies, and we can pray for the church together. It needs prayers and answers now. Perhaps the church needs to be more persistent like the woman in our Gospel reading. Perhaps we need to be more like Jesus and hear the pleas and respond.
Blessings and peace,