for Sunday, June 30, 2013
6th Sunday after Pentecost
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
lectionary focus: Luke 9:51-62
inspiration: My friend’s choral director says, “Nose and Toes face the conductor.” I initially thought of going with a Fourth of July/Freedom theme with something about the Founding Fathers looking forward, but realized that would make the sermon clunky and cover too many topics. I decided to stay focussed on God’s love. (Thanks, Jill, for the help!)
I have a teacher at my school who always tells her students, “Keep your face forward.” I think this sounds funny. Since our faces are on the front side of our bodies, our faces seem to be always forward. I think what the teacher means is she wants the students to look where they are going; to look at the front of the line or at the front of the room or at her; to look ahead with their eyes so that their minds are focussed on going in the right direction.
In today’s Bible story, we hear a similarly funny line: “Jesus set His face to go to Jerusalem.” While this is a different way of telling us that Jesus is going on a trip to the city, these words are really talking about Jesus being focussed on doing what God has called Him to do. Yes, there are daily details that need to be handled and are completed, but Jesus is not going to be sidetracked from His mission. By setting His face to what He needs to do, Jesus stays focussed on what is most important. Jesus is bringing God’s love forward into the world.
We, too, can set our faces to do what God calls us to do. Yes, we will need to take care of the daily details like eating and chores and reading and playing. But when we set our faces toward God’s Kingdom, we stay focussed on what is most important. We stay focussed on sharing God’s love with each other. We take God’s love forward into the world.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
to set my face
to share Your love
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.