I listen to Christian radio when I get tired of my albums. Don't judge, but it is necessary for me to listen to music to which I can let my guard down. I know it is not good, but I am not going to drive in silence.
Well, tonight they were talking about stewardship and the Bible.
The mere sound of the word irked me. Why? What bugs me about it? Driving to the grocery story sans kids gave me some room for introspection. My answer is two-fold:
The idea of "stewardship" assumes that (1) there is some discernment that is needed on my part, and (2) that I get to keep some of the thing that is stewarded - which is 99% of the time talking about money/wealth.
Newsflash, we don't get to keep it and there is no decision to make. Jesus is pretty clear, "Sell your possessions, and give it to the poor. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven..." (Luke 12 - there are a bunch more, I just like this one. ok?).
After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people kept coming and were being baptized— John, of course, had not yet been thrown into prison.
Now a discussion about purification arose between John’s disciples and a Jew. They came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him.’ John answered, ‘No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, “I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.” He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.’
Below is a my exegesis/commentary on Jesus' Burial
scene in John 19:38-42. This is the scripture chosen for Year A from BCP
for Good Friday. Background on Good Friday
Good Friday exists in the Triduum of the Paschal Season. St. Augustine
calls the Triduum, beginning Thursday evening (Maunday) and ending
Easter evening, “the three most sacred days.”
Moreover, Good Friday was early on a commemoration and veneration of the Cross
as noted in Egeria, Chrysostom, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ambrose and Augustine. In
fact, Holy Week may be the one true apostolic observance because of its
orientation around the Jewish dating and the lunar calendar.
Good Friday also plays prominently in the early baptism ritual where
catechumens were often prepared for the ritual and brought into the prayers of
the people. Also, traditionally this has been a time where, in the prayers of
the people, there has been a concentrated time of prayer for the Emperor. As
part of the season of Lent, and de…