getting out the WORD - the 12th sunday after pentecost PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

Matthew 16:13-20

Tradition! That's what it's called here in the church! Custom! Ritual! Habit! Bits and pieces of the yesterday, relics of the past, that every generation receives one and, then, hands on to the next. Spoken and re-spoken! Written and written again! We've been doing it for centuries - for millennia, actually! So when Jesus asks, "Who do people say," the disciples, naturally, look behind them, to tradition! "They say that you're the Baptizer! Elijah! Jeremiah! One of the prophets!"

But sometimes, things happen that have never happened before. Unique! Matchless! Things done in ways that have never been done before! Different prospects, new possibilities, with no antecedents, no precursors! Things like, say, redeeming the world! It's not a memory that's needed; it's faith! Believing! Not in what has been, but in what's yet to be! Sure, tradition's important! Even necessary! "Who am I," Jesus asks. And Peter says, "Tomorrow!"

Bob Barndt, pastor

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