More. We want more. More and more and more. We seem programmed to hoard. To want more. So when a man comes to ask Jesus to get him more Jesus gives him much more than he was expecting... a row and a parable!
The story of Martha and Mary is well known to many of us, but is this really a story about a big sister being annoyed at beings stuck in the kitchen while her younger sister listens to Jesus. Perhaps there is more to it that that?
Naaman is a powerful man, a commander of armies, but even he with all of that might can't cure his leprosy. He travels on the advice of a servant girl to seek out Elisha. And he gets much more than he expects.
This Sunday, as the church celebrates Pentecost when the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples, we will do what people often do on anniversaries... pause, take stock and wonder, what's next... I wonder what we will be inspired to do and be?
There is an old, old story of a farmer who with great sweeps of his arm scattered seed hither and thither across his land. Each was left helpless, thrown into corners they never chose to go, abandoned on land they never chose to take root: some among thistles, strangled between weeds, helpless over rocks, scorched on pathways and left there, left there to fend for themselves.
When the people returned from exile they rebuilt... but things were not the same as they had been. A new community needed new foundations, just like the new Temple would.
At the end of John's Gospel, Jesus' reinstatement and renewal of Peter after he had denied even knowing Jesus three times is a painful conversation, but a conversation full of hope for all of us. Jesus' instructions to Peter; feed my lambs, tend my sheep, feed my sheep, and the renewal of the invitation to 'follow me', are a manifesto for the church and for each and every one of us.
After a long and unsuccessful night fishing a man on the shore suggests the disciples throw their nets out the other side. It turns out the man is Jesus, but he's different. He's changed. What would our equivalent be? Where might we try something different? Where might we cast our nets? And where do we still meet the Risen Christ in our lives?
It's Resurrection Sunday!!! Easter Day. The Lord is risen!!! The tomb is empty... Love has won. It's a story of faith. Their faith and ours. Where will you encounter the risen Christ?