Lectionary Year A
June 30, 2002
(JFC) A. GENRE
This text quotes Jesus' declaring, as if it is undebatable, that those He
sends out will be received safely and respectfully, as are prophets and
righteous persons supposed, by Jesus Himself, to be received. Jesus
pronounces what He assumes and believes will happen to those He sends out.
He furthermore alludes to why they will be so received, i.e., because
they represent Him and God and possibly, too, the prophets and the righteous.
Jesus seems to make these statements in a rather matter of fact fashion.
We begin to wonder just how confident even He can be to predict such
congenial receptions in some foreign territories where they go.
(JFC) B. PERSONAL INTERACTION
So, how certain can He be, especially if He sends us out and we go out in
treacherous times of crime waves aplenty? How trusting dare we be to go
so? Do we get our choice as to how we go? May we go as prophets? Dare we
risk going as if we were righteous?
This image of giving a cup of cold
water to a lesser one has got to be an idiom. Could it mean more or less
than what it means to us with cold water on our refrigerator doors, in our
offices, etc.? Some seminary professor years go stated that many biblical
passages crescendo to an emphatic conclusion that all preceding it lead up
to. Does this pericope do that?
Theologically, I believe God welcomes our
comings and goings to be always within the Divine presence. However, does
this text state or even allude to that truth?
(JFC) C. ORGANIZATION
My questions come from the preacher/teacher in me. I'm thinking constantly
as I study Scripture, how most effectively to proclaim its Good News. This
paragraph begins by assuring those sent that they/we will be cordially
received. It adds first a second Aand then a third example to support the
initial assurance. God gets early on into the examples that finally
convince readers and hearers of these statements' trustworthiness. They
conclude with an emphatic declaration with an adverb that moves toward
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