This will be the back page for the 16 July 2017 (6th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A) bulletin of Fishkill United Methodist Church. The Scriptures for this Sunday are Isaiah 30: 18 – 29, Romans 9: 30 – 33, and Matthew 16: 13 – 20.
It has been said that one reason for Paul’s success as an evangelist was the roads the Romans built throughout their empire. Using stones and other local materials, these were roads carefully planned to facilitate military traffic between Rome and the provinces to keep the Pax Romana.
Some of these roads still exist today, providing paths for many people to walk. Now, whether they were intended or not, the existence of these roads made it very easy for Paul to achieve his goal of spreading the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire, in effect working against why the roads were built (but that is for another time).
Our journey with Jesus is never an easy one. But when we take the rocks that we often stumble over and make them part of the road on which we walk, the journey becomes a little easier.
Today, we need to consider two very simple questions, “Who cleared the path and laid the rocks so that your journey would be smoother? Who built the roads on which you took your journey?”
And then there is another set of questions, “Are you helping build roads for others? Are you doing the things that build the roads that help make the journey for others a bit smoother?”