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Proper 26C / Ordinary 31C / Pentecost +23
October 31, 2010
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
A 2007 “Between Text & Sermon” article from Interpretation. “In the prayer of Hab 3:1-19, the prophet petitions YHWH "to remember mercy" (3:2, raKem) in an unforgettable vision of the Holy One's coming—a passage that no Sunday lectionary ever uses and an omission that causes me to wonder. The prophet, the nations, and the entire cosmos are deeply shaken at the coming of YHWH to save the anointed covenant people (3:13). Yet Habakkuk waits quietly for this promised day of calamity to come upon the enemy (3:16; cf. the judgments against the various groups, 2:4^15), vowing, "Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will exult in the God of my salvation" (3:17-18). Habakkuk teaches us to wait and to survive with joy. Though the community is in disarray and the nations threaten destruction, fidelity and faith give this prophet the vision and courage to call God to action.”
“And what of those of us whose home is the immigrants' foreign land? How might this metaphor reshape the moral imagination of us "captors" who offer (or benefit from) labor without dignity and opportunity without hope? Perhaps it could awaken a deeper empathy for those who struggle to make sense of a world turned on its head, as well as stimulating more direct action on their behalf…”
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
“An ethics of imitation risks trivializing, aggrandizing, and homogenizing the company of disciples. Should followers of Jesus even try to walk this way?”
“Salvation is not about the good or bad labels by which we are known to ourselves or others.”
“Grace can come only with repentance, and by allowing ourselves to be exposed to the wounds of the world.”
Yamasaki, Gary, "Point of View in a Gospel Story: What Difference Does It Make? Luke 19:1-10 as a Test Case," Journal of Biblical Literature, 2006.
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“An examination of the way in which point of view is manipulated in this episode reveals something quite rare: an account involving Jesus in which he is never the carrier of point of view. Rather, the account is carefully crafted to maintain Zacchaeus in that role for all but a brief moment in the middle of the passage.”
“But while the justification of the ungodly may be the soteriological climax of the event of justification it is not its goal. The "telos," as Stuhlmacher goes on to explain, "lies in the achievement of God's justice in heaven and on earth, that is, the reconciliation of the cosmos and the establishment of the basileia tou theou (cf. I Cor 15:28).ms This is the news which the preacher of the divine Word of justification is called to preach, the final judgment of God let out in favor of the ungodly. Nothing other and nothing less, for nothing else will do.”