Originally sent August 12, 2016
Grace and Peace to you in the name of our Lord.
It is late summer! But you already knew that. I know that you know because we have been seeing the signals all around us.
These are some of the photos that I have taken in the last week. It is clear that the days of summer are quickly coming to a close and the nip of autumn and bite of winter is coming. The Perseid’s meteor shower, a sign that we are in mid-August, has come and gone. School supplies are now on sale in Wal-Mart, Target, and even grocery stores. Crops are drinking whatever rain falls and putting it into ripening. Truly, we know that Beaver Stadium will soon be filled with cheering fans, and fields in our valleys will need harvesting.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus says “You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” – Luke 12:56b
Now, this phrase can be confusing for us when we hear Jesus asking why we are unable “to interpret the present time.” We think, of course we can tell time! It is mid-August! But that’s just because our English translation does not capture what is happening. In Greek there are two types of time: chronos and kairos. Chronos is the time that we measure and keeps moving forward. Kairos, on the other hand, is a special type of time. It is the appointed time. Kairos is God’s time. In this sentence, Jesus is exasperated that we cannot interpret the Kairos that is happening in front of us.
To be clear, the biggest Kairos that has ever happened is the death and resurrection of Jesus. But that was such a big Kairos, that it affects all of Chronos-Time: the time before and after the chronological date of that Passover many years ago.
To interpret the Kairos-Time, we look at those things that happen around us. We look and try to notice when our Lord is being active in our midst. Perhaps it takes practice that we are not used to, but as I have walked alongside you, I know that Jesus has been active and present in your life.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday at 10:45 for a scheduled moment of Kairos-time when we join all saints around the Table for Communion.
Tomorrow, we will be having our August Holy Hike at Whipple Dam at 1:30PM. We will start near the boat rental shed. Bring water and wear shoes you can hike in.
And, if you have not done so yet, consider downloading Luther’s Small Catechism for your smartphone. Click here for more information. (Bishop Eaton has said that she is likely going to quiz Lutherans she runs into over the next year on the Catechism.)
Yours in Christ,