Anyone who rode around with me in high school got to hear Kingmissle’s song “Hey, Jesus where you goin’?” Turns out that’s the question Peter asked him after the resurrection, ascension, and pentecost experience.
Peter was high-tailing it out of Rome to avoid execution and was completely shocked to see Jesus again. “Domine quo vadis??” Lord, where are you going? Jesus’ reply, according to tradition, “to be crucified again.”
At these words Peter resolved to turn around and face his accusers.
Be of good courage and Have a great Pentecost Day and Season!
“Then God answered Job out of the whirlwind: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me.”
No doubt Job was shaking in his sackcloth and sandals when God speaks up. For 32 chapters of Job, he and his three friends griped about Job’s horrific losses. Job demands an answer from God for his mistreatment, and his friends keep telling him he must have done something wrong to displease God. Then, in chapter 32, a new voice speaks up. Elihu, a young man cannot hold his tongue any longer. Elihu’s words come from the heart of Hebrew Wisdom Tradition; Justice, Goodness, Order and Provision in creation.
For six chapters Elihu lets Job and his friends have it; advising them agains pride and self-righteousness. God seems to enjoy this young man’s speech so much that there is no break or commentary between Elihu’s words and God’s re-entrance into the story.
Bishop Sally Dyck pointed out how the church resembles Job; having lost influence, future generations, wealth, and health. How then can the church embrace the wisdom being offered in these changing times?
The message on this Ascension Sunday is, “Wait! Wait for the power from on high.”
As you wait, Wait Lightly.