Our Sister Phoebe, a Deacon

Theological musings inspired by the Spirit and totally Ellen…

>The Most Unlikely People . . .

>I may be repeating myself, but I used to think that God chose the perfect people to represent him/her on Earth; the people who went to church on Sundays, always did good work, never swore, never had money troubles, never had relationship problems, always there with a green bean casserole in times of crisis. This week’s scripture proves how wrong I was, and how each of us, in our own way, and according to our ability, is suited to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven.

God chose David, a pretty shepherd boy with lovely eyes to lead Israel.

Jesus chose a man blind from birth to proclaim the good news.

In each of these stories, the norm of society is turned upside down. What we assume should be is not.

I imagine that the Temple authorities believed that one of their own, a boy born into a Pharisitical family of privilege and wealth, education in the Mosaic Law, would be the Messiah, never mind Isaiah’s prophecies! This what their society knew to be management material. Instead, a man who is disabled, is cured by Jesus on the Sabbath and his insistent testimony, a testimony steeped in faith, leads Jesus to tell him that the man who healed him is the Messiah. It is Jesus.

David, with his beauty and lovely eyes, was a flawed man but a great king, a man of faith. He made some whoppers when it came to mistakes, but God loved him nevertheless, and David honored God with some of the most beautiful poetry imaginable, the Psalms.

God chooses the least likely of people to carry the message and proclaim the good news.

The good news for all of us imperfect people in the world is that it’s okay not to have all the answers, to not drive the best and biggest SUV, to live in a toney neighborhood or carry pets as accessories. It’s okay if we are who God calls us to be, and if we make mistakes, or are less than perfect. Our striving for perfect intention and perfect relationships are more important. If we strive every day to live out the Gospel, picking ourselves up and dusting ourselves off when we stumble, then perhaps we’re that much closer to the perfect Jesus asks us to be. And how wonderful is that?

Go forth in the name of Christ.

With God’s love and mine,

Ellen+

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