Hunkered Down Homilies
Writings and things to ponder by Dr. Jim Baldwin, Minister to Senior Adults, during this time of COVID-19. Enjoy!!
This week’s Homilies – –
October 20 – “Clowns”: The thing is, no one takes a clown very seriously. One writer told a parable of a fire breaking out in an old theater just before a performance. One of the actors, whose character required that he be dressed as a clown, runs out onto the stage yelling, “Fire! Fire! Run for your lives!” But everyone in the audience thought it was part of the show. They laughed at the funny-faced actor. The more frantic he became, the more hysterical was the laughter. They all perished in the blazes.
Sometimes sharing the gospel feels like that. The Apostle Paul says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) <<READ MORE>>
October 22 – “Masks”: It just seems that when someone is wearing a mask you don’t really know who it is or what they are up to. Sometimes the masks we wear have nothing to do with external materials. We can fix a deceiving smile that hides the sadness in our hearts. We can adopt an attitude of piety that contradicts the moral struggles we wrestle with. We can use words as weapons, so no one suspects how insecure we truly are about life. …
By hiding our true selves, we miss out on the beauty of grace and the comfort of unconditional love. Paul says this: “Our faces, then, are not covered. We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like Him.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NCV) When we take off our masks before the Lord and before each other, God can begin to heal our brokenness and shape our personalities. <<READ MORE>>