“Has”

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Gate Pa – Year C  19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Pentecost 12
Readings:
Psalm                          Psalm: 50:1-8, 22-23               
First Reading:                         Isaiah 1:1, 10-20                    
Second Reading:                    Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16            
Gospel Reading          Luke 12:32-40
What I want to say:
I want to explore the importance of “has”

The Sermon

     1.     Introduction:

Lot we could focus on this Sunday if we wanted to.
Yesterday is a big day.
In our church calendar yesterday was Feast of Transfiguration–
            day remember story Jesus being transfigured and lost in light God
yesterday also Hiroshima Day
            world remembers bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, and Nagasaki three days later
             day we remember horror of nuclear weapons
            pray for world without them
I find it so sad that day remember story Jesus being transfigured and consumed in light God
            also now remember 150,000 people who were instantly consumed by violent and life consuming light created by us humans unleashed from two bombs
Because of yesterday – today is Peace Sunday
            day we invited pause and pray peace around world
            recognise how we contribute to lack of peace
                        here in this land
                        so many places
            give thanks for those risk own lives trying bring peace, restore peace and keep peace.
            give thanks many people who work tirelessly with many millions people displaced by war
            those work create world where war is not needed.
This day we remember life of God
            now wrapped in deadly cloak of war
honest it has been since beginning
            date August 6 was set by Pope Callistus 1456
                        6 years after fall of Constantinople
            when news arrived in Rome that European forces had overcome the Muslim Turks near Belgrade
            Pope ordered the whole church to commemorate the victory by celebrating the feast of the Transfiguration to commemorate the slaughter.
It is hard to keep hold of Christ the Prince of peace in the face of such violence

     2.     To Begin - rich foolish barn guy

with that in mind let’s look at today’s gospel reading
a couple thoughts to start with
ð first is that this week’s reading is continuation of what heard last week
            rich foolish barn guy
told in response to crazy and dishonorouble request
            greedy man
            wanted Jesus to tell brother divide family land with him
request – put land at risk of being lost to family
dire consequences for communities that relied on that land to survive
reminder that
            greed is never just about me and my moral well being
            always affects community in which I live
and verses in between that story and what heard today
            Jesus talking further about that parable
look at birds – not anxious about what eat
God look after them
so too we should not be anxious.
important that what we read this week is read in relation to all that
it is continuation of all that

     3.     Reading and Standing

last week also talked about how where we stand affects how we read bible
used example of being on Savo
            where I was richest person by far in church
            having preach about rich foolish barn guy
            how what story says to me
            very different from what says to them
push that a bit
say that important part of where we stand is our theology
            really affects what we read in scripture
affects how it is translated
no translation is just a word for word match
can’t do it
grammar different
words don’t always have equivalents in other language
translators always having to decide what passages mean when translating
small scale we can see that in passage we heard this week
CEV - 32My little group of disciples, don’t be afraid! Your Father wants to give you the kingdom. - future
NRSV - “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
New Jerusalem - “There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.” In line with NIV
suspect how we translate this verse depends on what see kingdom as
            when it will happen
Greek verb is in perfect tense
            “has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom”
                        already happened
                        we are in kingdom
implies- we can do nothing to change that
                        we are in
                        kingdom is all around us
                        verses around that idea then become how we might live in the kingdom
                        whether we live up to what follows will not change fact
                                    you and I are in kingdom

very different sense to it from CEV - Your Father wants to give you the kingdom. – future
            father wants to give it
            questions around that
                        change how read following verses
                        can easily become things I need to do to measure up
                        to make sure that father does give me the kingdom
            because while father might be pleased to give me the kingdom
            if I don’t measure up I could miss out.
interesting - commentaries read
            took nrsv as future
            how many read this as future tense
            I think is sad
I know lot Christians who are worried about just that
worried not good enough
            worried let God down
            worried faith not strong enough
            worried actions are Christian enough
            worried actions not please God
            not let them into kingdom
Jesus says “There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.”
Lets pause and let those word sink in              

     4.     What is the kingdom?

so what is kingdom?
what is it we have been given
when will it happen?
I’ve talked a lot about this
so lets spend some time with you talking about this
turn neighbour
what is kingdom
when will it happen

     5.     Plenary and Bernie

feedback
our understanding of kingdom important
            shapes how read scripture
            shapes how live lives
            shape our response to events we remember today.
what ever it is
keep hold of that opening line
“There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.”
(9.30am)
finish showing little clip Bernie Sanders reflecting on his time with Pope
which captures for me a lot of what kingdom is

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