The Sunday before Christmas

This morning I continued to “sniffle” from something possibly contagious so I was not with My Joy in the College Church.


Krista Tippett

Yesterday a grandson downloaded “On Being” with Krista Tippett on my iphone. So last evening I listened to her interview with Father James Martin expecting that I wouldn’t need to waken at 6:00 a.m for her program as is my custom. I hoped I could sleep straight through, but I was awake at six so I listened to Krista and Fr. Martin a second time.

After watching  the Christmas Pageant at College Mennonite Church by computer, I went to Krista Tippett’s website and listened a third time to her interview of Fr. Martin. I am not so addicted that I listen to On Being three times as a rule.  Click here to hear the interview.   The website says this about Fr. James Martin:

Fr. James Martin

Before Pope Francis, James Martin was perhaps the best-loved Jesuit in American life. He’s followed the calling of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, to “find God in all things” — and in 21st-century forms.

Listening to the interview reminded me of how Jesus acted at a wedding feast. He noticed how guests chose to sit in the seats of greatest honor and advised them to choose lower seats lest they be embarrassed by being asked to move down and make way for a more honored guest.  Jesus also instructed a host who to invite to his next feast.  Not the rich, he said, not relatives, or anyone who could give an invitation to a feast in return,  but invite the poor and the sick. Jesus could be an annoying guest at times.

uncleanJesus also attended parties for outcasts:  publicans, sinners, and unclean.  In a day dominated by the pharisees and strict interpretations of the Law it must have been easy to become unclean: a woman with a period – unclean; touch such a woman – unclean; touch a dead human or animal – unclean; be a leper, or have a boil or other runny sore – unclean, cast out.

What should the outcasts do?  What better than to throw a party for outcasts, and invite Jesus.  What did Jesus do or say at such a party?  It is not written.  The Old Fool is sure that he didn’t play the role of a pharisee. He probably added some merriment by telling pithy, funny stories with a deep meaning that gave hope.  Oh, to be a fly on the wall at one of those parties.  His detractors described him as a wine bibber and a friend of sinners.  We know the latter to be true!

(My sniffles are deepening, and my doctor is on extended Christmas vacation.  What shall I do?   I don’t want to go to the emergency room without a referral, and I do not want a second bout with pneumonia.)

Here is what I did:  called doctor’s office, got nurse-on-call number, called that number and got Goshen Hospital’s nurse on call, told the nurse my symptoms, She paged my doctor, he ordered antibiotic which I picked up at Walgreens.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to The Sunday before Christmas

  1. Mary bew says:

    So glad you were able to find treatment! Makes for a better Christmas!

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