Sermon Summary for Sunday, February 25th, 2018 | Respectfully Submitted by Kelley Dial
On the Second Sunday in Lent, we heard the famiiar story of Peter and Jesus rebuking each other. Initially, Peter scolds Jesus for revealing to the crowd all that will happen to Jesus - rejection, suffering, death, and, ultimately, resurrection. Peter does not want to hear this and he certainly does not want the Messiah described to the masses as anything but a strong and invulnerable leader.
Jesus, in turn, will not tolerate Peter's desire to mold the Messiah into Peter's preconceived notion of the Savior. Jesus forcefully tells Peter and those assembled around them, to shift their focus from the human and move it to the divine. He asks them to take their personal crosses and follow Him, to let go of their definitions of success, courage, and power and to listen for God's direction.
That is the fruit of repentance, of metanoia, to be open to the fullness of God, to listen for God's call, and then to follow it, no matter where it leads. The observance of Lent reminds us that the foot of the cross is both the place of struggle and the source of new life. In that new life we find the courage, the boldness, the perseverance that we seek.
The Japanese art of kintsugi uses gold and other precious metals to bring together pieces of broken pottery and finds beauty and strength in that brokenness. It also represents the essence of repentance - to deal with the damage we have endured, to help others deal with their brokenness and, ultimately, to find the unique strength and beauty residing in each of us. May you find new life from your golden and beautiful scars.
Thanks be to God.