Appointments: a Reflection on Psalm 107:1-43, Genesis 7:1-23, Ephesians 4:1-16 and Mark 3:7-19
Appointments; they are important. We might not always like them. Jesus appointed twelve to follow him and be his initial disciples. I bet they had mixed feelings about the appointed day of their appointments. Every day, followers of Jesus have appointments with God’s appointed people and circumstances. Like the psalmist, I claim that God is good and his steadfast love endures forever. I proclaim this regularly as one redeemed through God’s appointed election. He rescued me from trouble then and has continued to do so. Noah was appointed righteous. The earth and humanity were appointed corrupt. The Flood was appointed to bring about a new beginning for humanity and the earth. The Church universal and the church particular is facing appointed times to address unity. We are to maintain unity and in that process, followers of Jesus are not to be tossed to and fro by every doctrinal debate or frenzy. We are to maintain our rootedness in the essentials and thus grow up into the fullness of our union in Jesus. Unity; appointments; growth in the fullness of Christ. They all seem to go together. That’s a fascinating and compelling appointment.
Scripture texts are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.