It is a different kind of building project, not about bricks and mortar, but about people and the Spirit!
Paul was striving for the oneness of the church, which includes all nations, both Jew and Gentile alike.
The Spirit finds us in the mud and messiness of life, breathing life into this world, which always creates change.
With all this looking back at Easter morning, there is a quiet danger of thinking that Easter is something that happened in the past.
The world can make our “alleluias” seem rather trivial. I one minute, we celebrate, but then we round the corner, and in the next minute, we find another cry for help!
It is a story about exile and homecoming, feeling disconnected from God, disconnected from others, disconnected from ourselves, and needing to hear again that God’s embrace is holding us even when our arms feel too weak to hold onto God.
It is not meant to be discouraging, but disarming, thinking about the brevity of life. Strangely enough, it can even become life-giving.
Lent is a journey. It takes us from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday, and sometimes much further.
If we are not careful, the mountain can limit our view of God, thinking the mountaintop is the only place where God is found.
Luke focuses on the level ground beneath our feet, where no one is more valued than another.