By Pastor Tracey Leslie
Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 24:1-3; 25:31-46
Last weekend Britt and I were in San Diego for the annual Society of Biblical Literature Convention. San Diego, of course, is an important port city, home to a large and active naval fleet. Security is tight, so recognition is important. The SBL meeting is held at the San Diego Convention Center and all attendees must be wearing their SBL nametag. If security doesn’t see your nametag, they will stop you. The nametag is how they recognize that you are someone who belongs there. Our hotel was also along the waterfront. The elevators are activated by your room key. Without a key card, you cannot access your room. You simply bob back and forth between the lobby and the mezzanine. It’s all a little annoying and inconvenient to dig that keycard out of your purse or pocket. But it is life in our post-9/11 world. Nametags and key cards provide recognition and recognition provides access.
To a certain degree this morning’s gospel story is a story about recognition and access. It is recognition that provides access.
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