This will be on the back page of the Fishkill UMC bulletin tomorrow, 18 June 2017 – the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (Year A).
Genesis 18: 1 – 15, (21: 1 – 7), Romans 5: 1 – 8, Matthew 9: 35 – 10: 8 (9 – 23)
One of the ethos of desert living was that one never turned away a stranger, even if that stranger might be an enemy. The desert was far crueler than any individual or group of individuals might be and there was an understanding that you helped those traveling in the desert and they would in turn help you.
That runs very much against human nature. We do not want to help our enemies or those who seek to do us harm. As Jesus pointed out to the Disciples in today’s Gospel reading, people were going to find fault with them because the message the Disciples presented was often in contrast to accepted beliefs. But Jesus told them to just do what they could do and let those results show the people the future.
This can be difficult, if for no other reason that it is so often in opposition to the “get it now” mantra of society. Put as Paul wrote, the key is patience – do what is expected of you and you will receive the rewards at the proper time.