This will be the “Back Page” for the Fishkill UMC bulletin this coming Sunday, June 30th, the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (Year C).
This past week has been a week of moving. Pastors and friends moving to new locations and new assignments; students moving up and graduating from high school and college. Today we celebrate those in this congregation who graduated from high school and college.
We celebrate this process of moving. And we morn when our friends move away.
Normally, we don’t like moving; it disturbs the stability we seek in our lives.
As a student of the history of science, I can only imagine how people felt when they were told that the earth was moving through time and space. Such information disturbed our understanding of the world around us. We don’t move through space; all one must do is observe the sun and stars as they move across the sky to know that we don’t move.
But when we looked beyond the edges of the world, so did our understanding of our world. And when we discovered that even the stars and galaxies were moving through the universe, our understanding of the universe was challenged. As our knowledge of the universe expanded, so too did our ability to move into the future and beyond the limits of this planet.
If we are to move into the future, we must push the boundaries today. We must cast aside the view of the world we had yesterday. The young man in the Gospel reading for today did not understand this. He was unwilling to leave the comfort of the present time to follow Jesus. And even though it may have been one of the most frightening things in his life, Elisha was willing to see beyond his fears in order to receive Elijah’s mantle and carry on the work that Elijah had begun.
The future can be frightening but it will be decided by what we do today. We can be like the young man who is locked into the past, unable to move forward. Or we can follow Christ, picking up His mantle and gaining our freedom.