Luke 2:41-52 (NRSV) 41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents […]
Isaiah 55:1-5 (NRSV)
1 Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4 See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
5 See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.
Two juxtaposed opposites that are really different expressions of the same capacity for desire:
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
St. Augustine, 354-430, Bishop of Hippo, North Africa: The Confessions
“…the word ‘lust’ is taken to include normal interest in sex…”
US Supreme Court, in Washington-state case Brockett V. Spokane Arcades, 1985
What is Jesus doing here in these two passages that form our scripture for this morning?
Engaging in the same juxtaposition of seeming opposites:
1. Desiring God the Creator – love – the ancient Old Testament commandments summarized in two that that include the heart, the inner core person;
2. Desiring what God has made, creation – lust – Making it clear that the heart, the inner core person, is where God has placed our capacity for a desire that can be distorted.