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Left out of the Lectionary. Getting dressed.

July 15, 2018

 

 

 Between June 10 and June 17, our worship lectionary jumps over the following verses from 2 Corinthians 5:

 

For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling— if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

 

The image is lovely, I think.  We don’t long to be unclothed, to take off our mortal bodies, as if they were of no importance.  Rather, we long to be further clothed, so that our mortal bodies might be swallowed up by our new, immortal, resurrection bodies.  We have the Spirit now as our guarantee that this new creation waits for us, and that in the end we will not been found naked but clothed with the immortality and righteousness of Jesus.

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