From the Desktop of the Pastor – Week of the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany

Hi everyone,

Yesterday one of the kids asked me if I could help him continue in this wooden model that he got for Christmas. It’s a pretty neat contraption, all the wooden pieces are laser cut to fit into the other pieces using friction, and (if done correctly) should end up being this kinetic marble track type thing (sort of like that giant thing outside of Science World that has been not working forever). We actually started the model together like the day after he got it (so Boxing Day, I guess), but he had put it aside until yesterday.

We didn’t finish building it, but we got a good bunch of it done. I estimate we’ll need another 3-4 hours to finish, making the whole project a total of 10-11 hours. But through the time we spent so far building this thing, I noticed that he has a lot of patience for this kind of thing, also allowing his mind to grasp what is happening with each piece working with the next and how together they become one thing with basically one purpose: to move a marble around.

I’m actually excited for this thing to be finished, although I have no idea when that will be. At the rate we’re going, it’ll likely be sometime in early Spring. I guess those marbles will just have to wait to get moved around.

Here are the readings for next week:
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21

These passages are interesting as they talk about mission and our calling, as well as our oneness as the body of Christ. These are all things we probably already know and are familiar with, but one thing that struck me is how Jesus says “Today this scripture has been fulfilled”.

I find this interesting because it sort of highlights the immediacy of this scripture, the very present time that this calling takes place, how the time is now to recognise the role it has in our lives. And I know, we might be thinking that Jesus was talking about him being called to do all these things, not us. We’re not even mentioned in this passage.

Oh, but we are. Our second reading tells us how we are the one body of Christ, how we are many but just one body. This one body that includes us is called to bring good news, proclaim release to the captives, and declare the year of God’s favour. We all participate in this, we all are part of it, and we all have roles to play in it.

Maybe it’s to just help someone cross the street or bring groceries in their house. Maybe it’s to just provide a listening ear and bite your tongue when you want to give advice. Or maybe it’s just a simple smile to a stranger. Whatever it is, we have gifts given to us by God do proclaim God’s gospel, to spread God’s truth, to reflect God’s love.

And we do this today.

Thanks be to God! Have a great week, everyone!

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