This will be the Back Page for the 13 August 2017 (10th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A) bulletin at Fishkill United Methodist Church. It is based on the lectionary readings for this Sunday.
There is a common misconception that our ancestors thought the earth was flat. After all, as early at 240 B. C., the circumference of the earth had been measured (with a remarkable accuracy). But there was something about watching a ship disappear over the horizon into unknown territory (often written on maps as “Terra incognito”).
Even today, we seem more secure in holding onto what we have and are less certain about moving into the future. Even though Joseph offers a promising vision of the future, it is one that his brothers cannot accept.
Peter is given a vision of great promise but his inability to focus on the vision and his grasp of the present sends him flaying about in the water.
We have been offered a great promise of the future but to reach it requires that we do things that we are not necessarily willing to do. There was a point in John Wesley’s ministry when he, John Wesley, didn’t think he had the ability to go on. He was advised to preach about faith until he had it, and then because he had faith, he would be able to be able to preach faith. This was the beginning of a ministry that looked around the corner and allowed Wesley to do extraordinary works for God.
As Paul points out, it is our faith that allows us to see around the corner, to peer into the future without fear. So, because of our faith in God and His Son, we can not only see around the corner but venture around it into the future as well.