Disruption

Matthew's telling of Jesus' entry (Matthew 21:1-11) notes that Jerusalem was in turmoil.  I commented yesterday that there are times when God is the One behind the turmoil.

We've seen that in people's lives - a person's world shakes and he comes out quite changed (see Acts 9 for the ultimate example of that).  We've seen it in cultures - think of the changes Christian witness has helped bring about (the end of a slave system and the ratification of Civil Rights legislation, to name a couple).

Jesus was disruptive to individual's lives (casting out demons, calling fishermen and tax collectors to follow him) and to systems ("it's not what goes into the mouth, but what comes out that matters;" healing on the Sabbath; turning over money-changers' tables).

This week he may disrupt your life in some way.  He's capable.  Perhaps he'll do it through you reading and reflecting more intentionally on scripture.  Maybe he'll work through your visit to the Lenten Spirituality Center (open all week in Spears Fellowship Hall).  It could happen during the Wednesday Lenten service at 12:30 p.m., or the Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 p.m. Perhaps it could happen at the Good Friday Stations of the Cross walk at 10:00 a.m., or the service that follows in the sanctuary at noon. Who knows when or how he'll do it; just know he might and that Jesus' disruptions always lead to something better.

I'm looking forward to a week of disruption for the sake of something better.