2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c (NRSV)
People expect to do great and grand things when they first begin to follow God. It makes them angry when they’re told to do something simple, like what Elisha told Naaman to do in this passage. It reminds me of a parable in the gospels about how you need to be faithful in both minor and major things. The way to see who and what we are really like is what we do in the privacy of our closet or in our own homes if we’re single. Do we follow God or do we rebel behind those doors. It doesn’t matter to God. He can see us wherever we are.
Psalm 111 (NRSV)
I will extol the Lord with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
2 Great are the works of the Lord;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
giving them the lands of other nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established for ever and ever,
enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
2 Timothy 2:8-15 (NRSV)
It’s all about splitting hairs. People state that you have to worship a certain way, but I’ve never thought that way. I prefer the liturgical setting that the traditional Lutheran service provides, but that’s just me. Some people think that people worship the liturgy, so they prefer a low church setting. Either way is fine by me, as long as you worship the right person. I think God also sees it that way. What about the believers who worship in the Russian Orthodox fashion? Are they any less Christians than someone who worships in a primitive Baptist style? It’s all about words and splitting hairs.
Luke 17:11-19 (NRSV)
In this week’s gospel we go back to the same theme from the Old Testament reading dealing with Naaman. Sometimes it’s interesting to see that it’s the person from the outside that has a better grasp on things than the one fully involved. It reminds me of my thoughts about Catholicism and how I seriously converting over, but I had and still do have problems of how they treat Mary. My dad is like “but we honor her, that’s all.” He’s too close. Catholics worship her and worship the saints to an extent. That was the reason why I ended up choosing Lutheranism instead.