In worship our collect we asked that we be given the grace to answer the call of our savior, to proclaim the good news, and to live a life which shines a light on God’s active presence in our world. Our scripture began by highlighting the changed heart of the Ninevites at the (half-hearted) proclamation of Jonah. Even though Jonah was disappointed the Ninevites had a change of heart God was thrilled. Our psalm was a reminder that we need to wait for God and put our hope in God’s active presence in our lives, and that God is the source of our salvation. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians reminds us that the time has grown short (not the clock but the time of preparation) to wait for God’s direction. Paul also offers us the insight that the present form of the world is passing away. Our gospel was the initial call of Simon and Andrew from Mark’s Gospel. How the disciples left everything to follow Jesus.
Today’s sermon offered at least one question worth considering: what would it take for you (me or anyone) to leave everything to go someplace new in response to God’s call? The question has many implications and is tempered by our humanity. Paul’s letter reassures us that God doesn’t call us to do something we are unprepared for, and we should take comfort in that. The call is irrevocable but not final, our call will take many forms during out life. Where are you now?
I invite your comments and likes,
Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:6-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20