This is Monday of the second week of Lent. The reading is Matthew 10, with an emphasis on verses 1-15. (If you want to listen, scroll to the bottom of that page for the audio links.)
Wright describes how the disciples were sent out to bring the Good News and peace ‘to the lost sheep of the house of Israel,’ and how that mission would sometimes encounter disbelieve and opposition: “This is an obvious warning for us as well. All of us like to be liked, and want to be wanted. But not everyone — not even the people we might imagine — will be pleased at the news that God is now running the world in a new way, the way Jesus was showing and teaching. The message of ‘peace’ (verse 13) is wonderful news for some, but it’s unwelcome to those who have decided that the only solution is violence. That message, though, is as urgent today as it was two thousand years ago.”
I was also struck by the radical nature of the call ‘no bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals nor a staff.’ In honor of my high school class, today’s video is a rap by LeCrae on being a fanatic. If you’re too old to hear the words when listening to rap, the text is very clear: FANATIC.