Here are my thoughts for the “Back Page” of the Fishkill UMC bulletin for this coming Sunday, the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
. . . it is not the task of Christianity to provide easy answers to every question but to make us progressively aware of a mystery. God is not the object of our knowledge but the cause of our wonder — Based on Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, author 0f The Orthodox Way
When I was in college and on my own (as it were), I figured that I would be able to sleep late on Sunday mornings and skip out on church. But then I discovered that I needed to be in church. College brought up a lot of questions, some about chemistry, some about calculus, one or two about English and history. But there were also a lot of questions about who I was and I found that the answers to those questions came when I was in church.
I was lucky. The pastors that I meet and worked with in college didn’t give me the answers to those questions. They showed me the way to find the answers on my own.
There were some pastors, of course, who will tell you what the answers to the questions are and that you are not to question those answers. I truly believe that had these individuals been my guide, I would have, as so many are doing today, left the church and the faith.
The invitation was and is always to “come and see”. John the Baptizer told Andrew, Andrew told Peter, they told others. We don’t know how many were invited and we don’t know how many accepted the invitation except to say that enough did so that some two thousand years later, someone invited you.
Isaiah notes that we are given a set of skills. Today, in the midst of all the troubles in the world, when there are so many people telling us that there is only one way and it is their way and that only a select few will be allowed to take that path, we stand here, with our skills and our knowledge, able to help those with questions find the answers.
Many years ago, the Disciples told others to come and see what they had found. that they have found the Messiah and you should come and see for yourself. Today, two thousand years later, it is our turn to say, “we have found the Messiah; let us help you find Him for yourself.”