The Rev. Dr. C. Steven Teague, Rector
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Have you been to a childproofed home recently? It’s interesting the lengths parents go to – and the unsuspected dangers lurking below knee-level. Childproofing keeps crawlers out of cabinets, tiny fingers out of electrical outlets, and kids generally from mischief and danger. Ever had a problem opening a childproofed bottle? I thought they were to keep kids out, not adults. I guess God gave us pliers for pill bottle caps like these.
Today, Jesus invites you to an “adult-proof” kingdom. Entrance requirements reduce our size – and the way in is unexpected, startling, and gruesome for those who follow Jesus. Admittedly, we’re not actually staring a cross in the face, like the disciples are. But we will suffer for choosing a way that doesn’t exactly add up or make sense.