Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Member: Cathedral of Hope, U.C.C., Dallas, TX
Member-In-Discernment: North Texas Association, U.C.C.
4th Year M.Div., Brite School of Divinity/T.C.U., Class of Spring 2015
A Harold Wilke & William R. Johnson Scholar, United Church of Christ.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the
Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time
will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his
slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.
Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come,
in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find
you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake!”
(Mark 13:32-37, NRSV)
Many today, as well as the Markan community, the earlier followers of Jesus, who
were quite fearful for their very existence, let alone futures, may look upon Christ’s
words as being a bit apocalyptic. And considering the state of the Middle East back
in that era compared with today, that comparison may seem valid. However on the
contrary, rather than just ‘hunkering down’ for what we believe to be the inevitable,
we should take heart, for there is much HOPE that can be found within Jesus’ somewhat
First off, Jesus himself, God in human flesh, admits that “no one knows.” Even he,
the Son is not aware of what is going to happen. So, if we do not know how the story
ends, perhaps there is a possibility to finish that story with HOPE? We still have
the ability to come together as humanity, to listen to one another, to care for
one another, giving respect to one another, and perhaps along the way, even save
our planet, with its environment that prospers our very being. Everything is possible
Second, Jesus puts the slaves “in charge, each with his work.” This is more than
just “Keep on Keepin’ on”, but a ‘call to purpose’, that we should look upon each
of our lives as unique and meaningful. We are ALL special. We should ALL encourage
and support each other as we find our individual way, and by doing so, fulfil our
dreams and passions, thus prospering ALL. Everything is possible with HOPE.
Finally, there is a sense of serene peacefulness that can be drawn from the steady
progression of time, “in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn.”
By gathering together with family or our chosen family during these Twelve Days
of Christmas, at all hours, we are given the opportunity to reconnect and instill
within one another the joy of being human. It is a time to live into the spirit
of “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” This is an opportune time for hugs,
smiles, and yes, even trying to speak with those one has not spoken to in years.
Yes, as Ma Bell (A.T. & T.) used to say, “Reach out, reach out and touch someone.”
One never knows. Everything is possible with HOPE.
So prepare, as Jesus inclusively declares to ALL, “Keep awake!” The New Year will
be here before we know it. And with it God, gives us, yet another possibility for
“Peace on Earth.” For it is ours for the making (not taking). It is the gift of
Jesus, a new way to look upon our lives with each other in HOPE. For truly HOPE
is infinite in its possibilities.
May we always be mindful, O God, of Your presence, especially when we seem to be
nodding off. May we always “Stay awake” to your HOPE. AMEN.
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