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Response to the call
Proper 4 | OT 9

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David Coffin
All three of this week’s texts address how a person of faith responds to a calling God has given him or her. For example, a young person believes he or she is talented in the performing arts. His or her friends and family warn that they will not be able to earn a living unless they achieve “rock star” status. There is even more stiff opposition to this idea by the parents. Is the investment in money and time worth it if he or she ends up waiting tables or working in a factory? Another person feels called to an occupation where the credentialing is constantly being upgraded to higher levels of education. Is there a way of fulfilling their calling without the official credentials of the normative occupation? Another person hates their job and feels gifted to become a landscaper. But they realize they will only be able to do this as a hobby, and their time of physical strength will be limited in years. How does one respond to a calling from God when it seems like the cards might be stacked against them? Elijah has the henpecked King Ahab’s wife to confront in a high-profile, no-holds-barred, confrontational matter. St. Paul has to inform a congregation that they are headed down the wrong path based on apostolic authority, not like the original disciples who walked with Jesus. Finally, a pagan Roman centurion wants healing for his beloved slave from a prophet and teacher who is potentially an enemy of his employer, the Roman empire....

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