Left out of the Lectionary.

October 27, 2016

The lectionary skips forward a great deal between last Sunday and the one upcoming.  Many Lutheran churches will be using a reading from John for Reformation Sunday, but we will be using the "normal" lectionary progression which takes us from the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector right to another famous tax collector - Zacchaeus.   The connecting of those two is a literary gem in the lectionary.  It also jumps over Jesus blessing the children, the Rich Young Ruler, and the Blind Beggar healed near Jericho.  The parallels of those stories in Mark's Gospel are included in the lectionary.  The church gets to hear them next in fall of 2018.  But the third prediction of the cross and resurrection doesn't get acknowledgement from the lectionary ever:


Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.’ But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said. - Luke 18:32-34


The disciples miss it!  Jesus standing in front of them, and they miss it.  Luke can't decide it is was actively hidden from them or if they were just not smart enough to get it.  But in either case, the bad news and good news of the next chapter of Jesus' story completely alludes them.  I find great comfort in their ignorance, because I too miss what God is up to in the world.  I see glimpses and glimmers, but I can never see clearly, even when I am told directly.  Which makes those quiet moments when you know deep in your bones that God's story, and my story, will come out OK all the more beautiful. 

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