Summary: PENTECOST 18, YEAR C - Let us pass on what has been passed on to us.
On the Antiques Roadshow a man recently shared this story. “My aunt died recently at age of 97. Like her mother before her my aunt was a pack rat. We found many great pieces when we cleaned out the house The most interesting find was a folded up newspaper stuck in the top of a closet. We almost threw it away thinking it was trash. Imagine our surprise when we opened it up and discovered that it was the front section of The New York Herald from April 15,1865 the day President Lincoln was shot.” How often have many of us overlooked something of great worth, thinking that all we had was common trash? A man went to visit a close friend who happened to work on Wall Street. The friend’s office was richly furnished with all the signs of wealth and prosperity. All that is except two pieces of broken concrete. When asked about these two items the man said, “That first one I got on a visit to Germany. It’s a piece of the Berlin wall.” “And the second piece?,” asked his visiting friend. In a quiet voice the man replied, “That one I picked up down the street, It comes from the Trade Towers. I keep these two pieces of concrete always in plain view so that whenever I get overwhelmed by the demands of work on Wall Street I can look at them and remind myself what is of true and everlasting value.” What do you hold as sacred? What helps to remind you in the midst of the demands and stress of common life what is of true and everlasting value?
In 2 Timothy Paul says to his spiritual son Timothy, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now dwells in you.” A Spiritual heritage passed down from one person to the next. From generation to generation. From mother to daughter and daughter to son. A sacred trust that can only last if the one in whom it has been entrusted passes it on to the next in line. From Lois to Eunice and Eunice to Timothy. And Timothy to so on and so on. Paul recalls for Timothy how for generations past this sacred trust has journeyed the road of faith. Paul remembers the ancestors of this faith, the ancient ‘fathers’ who served God before Paul or Timothy. The fathers and mothers of the faith, who from the days of Abraham circumcised the sons of promise. Who from the days of Moses kept the covenant. All those who longed to receive what Timothy had come to see, the coming of the Christ. Emanuel, God dwelling in human flesh. Timothy received what they had not because they had passed on the sacred trust of a faith filled hope which prepared him to receive the one that had finally come. Daughter Eunice received all her mother Lois gave her, and passed it on, in trust, to her child, to Timothy. And now it was his. He accepted the promise of God, and found it’s fulfillment in Jesus. He kept the covenant of God, and found it’s freedom in Christ. He now had a sacred trust, to follow the Christ and to entrust to those that followed the call of Christ, to make more disciples.